For our last day in Bangkok, we decided to avail the 1 day BTS tourist pass to visit Jim Thompson House and malls along the train station line. We alighted at National Stadium BTS Station. We found it hard to locate Jim Thompson House since it’s not along the main road but got there in 5 minutes. Thanks to the green signage which pointed us to the right road to get to Jim Thompson House.
Jim Thompson’s House is located in the end of Soi Kasemsan 2, which takes about 5 minute walk from BTS National Statdium Exit one. Entrance fee is 100 Baht (~USD 3) but for those under 25 years old, you get 50% off. Jim Thompson is the pioneer of the silk industry in Thailand who mysteriously disappeared while on his vacation in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Now, his house was turned into a museum. There is guided tour every 30 minutes which will tour you around this teak house.
While we waited for our turn for the 30-minute tour, we wandered around the gardens of Jim Thompson to kill time. There were a lot of beautiful and exotic flowers just like this.
We also explored the gift shop just right behind the entrance of the house. There were lots of silk products here but we did not buy anything.
We went back to the receiving area and got called for our turn in the tour.
The English tour guide was good and explained history of Jim Thompson and the Jim Thompson House very well.
It felt very breezy inside the Jim Thompson House and in its courtyard. How we wished we could have stayed here longer.
After Jim Thompson House, we went to MBK mall which is just 10 minutes walk away. Here we bought Thai local delicacies at cheap prices. One sentence to describe MBK: Night market stuffs in an airconditioned mall.
BTS Sky Train Joy Ride
We took our lunch in Secret Recipe Restaurant in the nearby Siam Paragon Mall. From Siam Paragon, we took the BTS Sky Train going to Mo Chit station for a joy ride.
We passed Victory Monument and arrived at Mo Chit Station. At Mo Chit Station, you can alight here if you want to go to Chatuchack Weekend Market. Since today is not a weekend and Chatuchack is closed, we took the BTS again back to Siam Station to switch to Silom line. We passed through Lumphini Park and arrived at the end of Silom Station which is BTS Saphan Taksin. If you are going to central pier to go to the tourist places, you should alight here. Since we’re already done exploring Bangkok’s riverside tourist areas in the last 2 days, we took another train back to Siam Station where we could switch to Sukhumvit line. We had joy ride as far as to On Nut Station and alighted in Phrom Phrong Station for Emporium on our way back.
We did some last minute shopping in Emporium and headed back to our hotel for dinner. Our 5 day trip felt just right to tour around central Bangkok. Next time when we’re back, we’ll definitely go to the outskirts of Bangkok like Ayutthaya.
Things to Do in Bangkok for First Timers - A 5D/4N Bangkok Travel Itinerary Day 1: Urbana Langsuan, Bangkok Airport & Yok Yor Dinner Cruise Day 2: Taling Chan Floating Market via Thonburi Canals Day 2: Wat Pho and Wat Arun Temples | A Cultural Immersion in Bangkok One Afternoon Day 3: Grand Palace and How to Avoid Bangkok Scam Artists Day 4: Jim Thompson House and BTS Sky Train Joy Ride