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Following World War II, New York architect Jim Thompson landed in Thailand and resurrected Thailand's faltering silk industry. The ins and outs of the silk industry are fascinating, but many find his home (a complex of six buildings) even more so. And Thompson's mysterious disappearance—he went on a vacation and was never heard from again—gives this attraction even more allure. The architecture of the Jim Thompson House, along with its late owner's enigmatic history, is what draws visitors here. Visitors enjoy its charming grounds and the in-house café. 
Some travelers, like this TripAdvisor user, recommend picking up a souvenir: "If you really need to purchase some Thai silks and clothing then this is the place to go." 
Travelers say it's easy to miss the Jim Thompson House. If you see (or take) the Skytrain to the National Stadium stop, you'll find the house due north. The complex is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the admission price (which includes a tour) costs 100 THB (or about $3 USD).  

Following World War II, American architect Jim Thompson decided to settle down in Thailand and during his time in the country, ended up resurrecting Thailand's struggling silk industry. The ins and outs of the silk industry are fascinating, but many find his home (which was constructed from six different Thai homes) even more so. And Thompson's mysterious disappearance – he went on a vacation and was never heard from again – gives this attraction even more allure. The architecture of the Jim Thompson House, along with its late owner's enigmatic history, is what draws visitors here. Travelers also enjoy its charming grounds and the in-house cafe. 

Travelers say it's easy to miss the Jim Thompson House. If you take the Skytrain to the National Stadium stop, you'll find the house due north right along the Saen Saeb Canal. The complex is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the admission price (which includes a tour) costs 150 baht (or about $4.50). For more information, check out the Jim Thompson House's website.

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