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Teak and porcelain can be seen throughout Jim Thompson's House in Bangkok

The Silk Route of Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson's house is a real highlight of any trip to Bangkok. The house itself is beautifully decorated and preserved and provides a fascinating insight into the life of this mysterious man, who set up a huge empire trading in Thai silk before disappearing whilst walking in the Malaysian highlands in 1967. Various conspiracy theories have evolved to explain his sudden disappearance, spurred not least by the murder of his sister the same year in America. What he has left behind, aside from the mystery, is a museum-quality exhibition devoted to his life and work and the development of Thai traditional arts and culture. This short trip can be a welcome diversion from temples and the hustle and bustle of the Thai streets.

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Other experiences in Bangkok

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

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    Bangkok, Thailand

    Street food walking tour of old Bangkok

    Street food walking tour of old Bangkok

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  • Wat Pho & The Grand Palace
    Bangkok, Thailand

    Wat Pho & The Grand Palace

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    An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual and avoid the crowds who arrive later.

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    Witness chanting at Wat Pho

    Witness chanting at Wat Pho

    An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual. Later you will visit the temple grounds and the famous 45 metre Reclining Buddha, and The Grand Palace, Thailand's most important landmark.

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