Jim Thompson Disappearance

Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson’s House

This is Jim Thompson’s house in Bangkok, Thailand. Jim Thompson was an American businessman who dominated the Thai Silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s. He was known as the ‘Thai Silk King’ because he brought Thailand’s silk industry back from the dead.

Before that he was an intelligence officer in WW2 and before that he was an architect in New York City. After WW2 ended, he settled in Thailand and built this elevated property — to protect it from potential flooding during the rains.

The floors are made of teak wood and walking barefoot on them is a wonderful feeling. Fun Fact: Jim Thompson was one of the first people in Thailand to have a western toilet in his house.

In 1967, Jim Thompson went missing while holidaying in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. He went for a stroll in the wilderness and was never seen again.

Many theories surround his disappearance — maybe a business rival murdered him, maybe he was kidnapped by enemies he made during his time as a spy, or maybe he unluckily fell into an aboriginal animal trap (a deep pit with spikes at the bottom and camouflaged with branches and leaves on top) and his body was hidden by aboriginals who were afraid of getting into trouble for accidentally killing South East Asia’s most famous expat.

Whatever the truth, visiting this house was a lot of fun because there’s nothing like an unsolved mystery to spark the imagination.