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Jim Thompson's House

The home of Jim Thompson, the American businessman largely credited for the global popularity of Thai silk, is a must see.

In a sun-dappled tropical garden beside a canal, six traditional teak houses brim with the art pieces and antiques he collected from around Asia, from limestone Buddha torsos to a cat-shaped porcelain bedpan.  Regular group tours led by silk-clad guides introduce you to these exquisite treasures and the life of the man himself.  There's also a shop selling his trademark designs, an art gallery and cafe.

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