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By barbaraian, Apr 7 2014 03:33AM

What to with our two days in Bkk?

Well... I managed to convince Mr.T to go visit Jim Thompson's house. He was after all, an American ex-architect, a retired army officer, a one-time spy, a silk merchant and a renowned antique collector who misteriously disapeared in 1967. His disapearance is a whole other story, which I might tell some other day.

It was pretty great, although we didn't get a chance to do the tour (we were in a hurry to go back to the hotel's pool for a bit of sun). We did however see how silk is actually made, from silkworm cocoons, to the dying and threading.

The house in itself is magnificent. As an ex-architect, Jim Thomson designed his new home using parts of old up-country houses, some as old as a hundred years.

In his quest for authenticity, he saw to it that some of the structures were elevated a full floor above the ground. During the construction stage, he added his own touches to the buildings by positioning, for instance, a central staircase indoors rather than having it outside. Along the way, he also reversed the wall panels of his quarters so that it now faced inside instead of it having an external orientation.

As the antique collector he was known for, Jim Thompson filled his home with the items he had collected in the past. Decorating his rooms were Chinese blue-and-white Ming pieces, Belgian glass, Cambodian carvings, Victorian chandeliers, Benjarong earthenware, Thai stone images, Burmese statues, and a dining table which was once used by King Rama V of Thailand.

How cool it must have been to have lived in Bangkok back in the 50's and 60's!

Now a museum, the Jim Thompson House is a must see for everyone visiting the city. Located at 6 Soi Kasemsan, Song on Rama I Road, it is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

By barbaraian, Apr 7 2014 02:58AM

This post is from a while back. But here it is anyway:

Yes, we went back to the land of smiles for a city break. BANGKOK!

It was the first time we left the kids behind and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. I mean the kids were fine, I wasn’t! Leaving my babies at home was hard, but totally worth it. We were only away for two days, which coincidentally were Valentine’s and hubbies’s B-day. Awesome!

And that is why Bangkok is now OUR CITY.

We stayed at the Banyan Tree and of course it was super, as it should be.

The service they are renowned for lived up to its name and the whole relaxed atmosphere was just perfect.

One of the things I most love about the Banyan Tree is how they trigger the senses. The flowers, the sounds, the scents… Everyday of the week has a different scent and they are incredible. And let's not talk about breakfast, because I managed to put on a few pounds just with a couple of Banyan breakfast buffets!

As I said before, we were only in town for two days and since we had flown from a really cold little city in China and being the sun slaves we are, sitting by the pool was on the top of our list.

The pool was unsurprisingly small, being on the 21st floor of a skyscraper, the only problem was the limited space, guests were (courteously) fighting for a lounger in the sun (there wasn’t much sun either due to the shading of the building). We didn’t get to sit in the sun as much as we’d have liked, can’t complain though…

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