Jim Thompson Garden in Bangkok

Anyone who longs for a break from Bangkok’s heat, noise and traffic jams can find salvation in the Jim Thompson Garden. At the end of a small lane, bordering a canal, the American architect Jim Thompson (1906 - 1967) built a series of traditional Thai houses, surrounded by a lush garden.

January 2006, by Karolien Bais



Thailand is gifted with many gardening geeks, plant collectors and specialized nurseries. It’s a pleasure to explore these gardens, and, with some luck, have a chat with the owner. Although my Thai is totally insufficient, we somehow always get down to some ‘plant talk’.