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:
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.