The former home of Jim Thompson, the man who revitalized the Thai silk industry after World War II, is located at Soi Kasemsan 2, off Rama I Road opposite the National Stadium. In 1967 he disappered in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia under mysteriouse circumstances. Now preserved as a private museum, the Thompson house is an excellent example of traditional Thai domestic architecture, while inside is displayed Thompsons impressive collection of Oriental antiques.
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Open Mon-Sat 09:00 - 17:00.
The former residence of the late Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga on Si Ayutthaya Road has five traditional Thai houses overlooking a landscaped garden. The houses contain a collection of Asian qntiques, while the highlight is a 300-year-old lacquer pavilion, its interior walls displaying the Thai decorative art of gilt on black lacquer.
Open daily except Sundays, 09:00 - 16:00.
On Rama IV Road near Lumpini Park, the Pasteur Institute, part of the Thai Red Cross, is famous for its large collection of poisonous snakes from whose venom snake-bite sera are made. Demonstrations of snake handling and venom extraction are given at 10:30 and 14:00, and these are undoubtedly the best times to visit.
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Open weekdays 08:30 - 15:30.
In the northern part of the city at Chatuchak Park, off Phaholyothin Road near the Northern Bus Terminal, this open-air market is a browsers paradise, jammed with hundreds of stalls selling just about everything from potted plants to practically new antiques, from cds to clothing, from socks to souvenirs.
Open Sat - Sun 06:00 - 18:00.