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Jim Thompson’s House

Posted by Heliocentrism on March 14, 2010

March 8, 2010

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looking at turtles

He Went for a Walk and Vanished

Jim Thompson was an American and ex-soldier who lived in Thailand back in the 60’s. He got married shortly before the war, but was divorced before moving to Thailand.

He help boost the silk industry and was quite an interior decorator. He would go to temples here in Thailand and ask the monks for their old religious relics.

According to the tour guide, the monks were more than happy to give them the old things of the temple. Apparently, Thais do not like to keep old things, but religious relics cannot just be thrown out. So Jim Thompson, was doing them a favor by taking the stuff off their hands?

(I know. It doesn’t make much sense to  me either. But his house was filled with old Buddhist paintings and headless Buddha statues.)

inside the house

The most interesting part about Jim Thompson’s life is the fact that he mysteriously disappeared one day. He and some friends took a trip to PahangMalaysia. One evening he decided to take a walk in the Cameron Highlands and was never seen again.

There is a lot of speculation as to what happened to him. He might have been murdered by a jealous silk industry competitor. He might have felt his life was in danger and with the help of the FBI, went into hiding. He might have been kidnapped and murdered. He might have been killed accidentally and then buried by the murderer out of fear of being caught.

The FBI theory isn’t too crazy. During the second world war Thompson worked for the Office of Strategic Services, which would later be replaced by the CIA. But, there is no proof of this.

He was most likely not just eaten by a tiger since no remains or clothing of his were found. Tigers tend not to eat bones, shoes, or clothing. But what actually happened to him, no one knows for sure. Those that claim to know, have no real evidence to back up their stories.

There are several books written by people who claim to have some insight on the case. Some say they have some ground breaking information. From the reviews that I’ve read on these books, they all know nothing and just want to sell books. Most of them end with, “… I know what happened, but revealing such information might put me or other innocent parties at risk.”

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(Ratcha Anachak Thai)

How to get there:

  • You can enter by plane, boat, bus, or train.
  • Most citizens from many countries do not need to get a visa before going to Thailand. But, you will need a visa to stay longer than 1 month or if you been to Thailand for at least 3 months already in the past 12 months.
  • People of most nationalities will get a 30-day visa at the port of entry.
  • To be completely sure, check with the Thai embassy in your country.






  • Do not say anything negative about the king or anyone in the Royal family. And definitely do not write anything bad about the king or royal family. This offence could land you in jail. You don’t want to go to Thai jail.
  • Don’t use the city ferries in Bangkok during the peak hours. They fill those things past capacity and sometimes they sink. Use them during non-peak hours when they are not crowded.
  • Never eat female horseshoe crabs in Thailand. The roe of the horseshoe crab has tetrodotoxin (TTX) which is toxic to humans. It makes people very sick and some people have even died as a result.

The Jim Thompson House Museum

How to get there:

  • 13°44’57.1″N 100°31’42.2″E

By BTS –

  • Go to National Stadium BST Station.
  • Take any exit opposite to the stadium then head west.
  • Turn right on Soi Kasemsan 2 and walk to the end of the street.
  • Use this map for directions.


Jim Thompson House
6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok


  • (662) 216-7368




  • everyday 9:00 to 17:00




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