Trip Start Jun 12, 2009
34Trip End Jul 15, 2009
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This morning was used to plan a two-day trip to Kanchanaburi.
This afternoon we visited the Jim Thompson house, which was converted into a museum. Thompson was born in Delaware in 1906. He worked in New York as an architect, then served briefly in the office of Strategic Service (forerunner of the CIA) in Thailand during World War II. Following the war he returned to New York and after a short stay returned to Bangkok. His neighbor's handmade silk caught his eye, piqued his business sense. He then sent samples to the fashion houses in Milan, London and Paris, gradually building a steady worldwide clientele.
Thompson bought several derelict Thai houses in central Thailand and had them reassembled in their current location during 1959. While out for an afternoon walk in the Cameron Highlands of Western Malaysia in 1967, Thompson mysteriously disappeared. That same year his sister was murdered in the USA. Thompson was never heard from again. The mystery remains unsolved.
His home was converted to a museum displaying his Asian art collection and home furnishings that he had collected.
Later in the afternoon we went shopping for souvenirs to bring home.