In spite of the influence of other great cultures of the world such as Indian, Chinese, Khmer as well as Burmese, being incorporated in its decorative elements, the architectural style of Thai homes remains relatively simple. Its primary characteristics are determined by local climatic conditions, the availability of building materials, and the needs of the people, the majority of whom pursued an agricultural based lifestyle.
Like temples, Thai houses have steep roofs arching upwards towards the sky. Both the walls are inclined towards the center creating the illusion of height.
At the end of a non-descript lane, a backdrop of dense foliage is visible in the distance. Drawing near, the distinctive features of a Thai style house soon appear in full view.
The house that was used as the living room is over 175 years old. It is the oldest house of the group. The other houses range between 75 to 150 years old. It took local craftsmen 11 months to complete to assemble all six houses. It must have been like assembling a giant IKEA flat pack without the instructions. Jim Thompson officially moved in on the 3rd April 1959. The date was chosen after careful consultation with astrologers in keeping with Thai tradition. In the study you will see an astrological card with this date on pasted on the wall.
Jim Thompson was a collector of antiques and Thai handicraft. He has a number of Buddha statues ranging from 8th to 13th and 14th centuries dotted around the building. There are also displays cases of his collections of Chinese ceramics, Thai paintings and other antiques.
Jim Thompson is 'big business' now with on-line shopping, cafes restaurants, Thai Silk and other fabrics and soon there will be furniture ..... do check the website for further information: