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The Silk Route of Jim Thompson

The Silk Route of Jim Thompson

Follow in the footsteps of Asia’s most famed silk merchant with this fascinating Bangkok activity. Visit Jim Thompson’s beautiful teakwood mansion and gain a fascinating insight into the life of this mysterious American man, who set up a huge empire trading in Thai silk before disappearing whilst walking in the Malaysian highlands in 1967. Then venture into a local community where artisans use techniques passed down by their ancestors who used to weave for Jim Thompson.

What you are gonna do

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    Start with a visit to the Jim Thompson House. Situated along a canal in the city centre, this beautiful teak mansion was the former residence of Jim Thompson, the mysterious American man.
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    Wander around the verdant and leafy compound, exploring the traditional teak buildings to learn more about the man himself, his involvement in the silk trade and his mysterious disappearance. Admire the priceless antiques on display while gaining insight into Thai heritage and tradition.
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    Continue to cross the canal to Baan Krua Thai Silk Weaving Community, home to remarkable local artisans, many of whom used to weave for Jim Thompson. Visit their local workshops and witness artisans producing high-quality Thai silk products. Learn about their traditional methods and browse the impressive gallery of fabrics.
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