Photo of the Day: Jim Thompson’s House in Bangkok
In the heart of Bangkok, there’s a little oasis down a quiet side street. You’d miss it if you were simply strolling by and you may even miss it if you were looking for it.
It’s Jim Thompson’s house. Don’t know who he is? Most people don’t. But you could argue that he single handedly created the modern silk industry in Thailand.
Tucked behind a gate, lies the garden and home where Jim lived. The lush area is filled with ferns and orchids – a maze of tropical plants in a quiet area sheltered from a main arterial just a quarter mile away.
His home is built of teak in the traditional Thai style. Though it’s possible to tour the house, photos are not allowed inside. Perhaps because of all the antiques, paintings and artwork that adorn the home.
Orchids wrap themselves around the trees in the gardens outside Jim Thompson’s home.
Jim was a self-made (American) entrepreneur who saw tremendous value in Thai silk. He basically saved this dying craft when he established his company in the late 1940′s.
He spent more than 20 years in the country before disappearing while visiting Malaysia with friends. He went out for a walk in the jungle and never returned. His legend and influence continues with the production of beautiful silk garments and accessories that can purchased in shops throughout the city.
If you’re interested in visiting Bangkok, my photography tour to Bhutan starts in Bangkok in late September (it’s not too late!). I’ve also got tours to India and Bhutan in October and November with a few spots still available…
This is part of DeliciousBaby’s Photo Friday. Pop on over to see more photos!
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