This past weekend, the entire (yes, entire) family went to Jim Thompson’s House and Museum.
Jim Thompson was an American-born architect who volunteered for service in the US Army during WWII. At the conclusion of the war, he found himself settling in Thailand, a country whose culture and people he loved. Being an American he used his capitalistic upbringing and found a business in Thai silk and is largely credited with bringing the beauty of this textile to the rest of the world. Jim Thompson went to visit friends in Malaysia and never returned from an afternoon walk. He was 61 and his disappearance remains a mystery today.
He built a home near his weavers and it is stunning. He bought several smaller Thai style homes and connected them into a beautiful home with stunning and peaceful gardens. I could live here.
You can see the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well with shops and a restaurant all displaying the Jim Thompson brand. It was a lovely afternoon. Here are some pictures from the afternoon.