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



Moved by the work of the renowned Srilankan brothers Geoffrey and Bevis Bawa, I started exploring the landscaping in Asia. Finding exquisite examples was easy, whether it was in the palace gardens of the ancient Mughal Empire or in the urban parks of the modern megalopolis.

A secluded garden for a rebellious queen
Tribute to a Bengali architect

Urban landscaping in Tokyo
Zen gardens: The essence of nature

Hong Kong
City dotted with public green

Sri Lanka
The Brief Garden of Bevis Bawa
Geoffrey Bawa’s scaping in nature

A stylish oasis in dusty Kathmandu

Jim Thompson Garden in Bangkok
Tweechol garden in Doi Saket
Lush herb garden in Rayong
Temple garnished with cycads