Thailand is famous for Thai silk; an industry revitalized by Jim Thompson in the 1950s and 60s. Jim H.W. Thompson was an "American businessman and former U.S. military intelligence officer. Thompson mysteriously disappeared while going for a walk on Easter Sunday, in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. Many hypotheses have been put forward to explain his disappearance, but what actually happened to him remains a mystery." (source)
His house is only one sky train ride from my workplace, which makes it very easy for me to drop by. I visited it twice. These are snapshots of Jim Thompson's house from the second time (Feb 09) that I went:
(1) a shot taken from the garden
(2) if you noticed the leaning look of the columns, it is, according to the guide, how Thompson designed his house to add to the illusion of height and grace
(3) curved roof ends are characteristic of traditional Thai houses
(4) a shot taken from the visitor waiting area
The house stands amidst a jungle landscape. As you make your way in and out of the rooms towards the silk pavillion, library, or reception, you get a feeling of being in the countryside when just a few meters away you have the skyscrapers already. There is also a museum, a shop and a restaurant for visitors among other things inside the compound.
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