Jim Thompson, April 2015. Virtually every traveller I met on my wanderings around Thailand hated Bangkok. “It’s not REAL Thailand!” they’d repeat, again and again. I was told to use the capital merely as a transport hub; that I should get out at the earliest opportunity. Unless of course I was a total scumbag visiting specifically as a sex tourist! When quizzed, most of these experts had never heard of the city’s most fascinating attractions. Take the Jim Thompson house for example, the former home of James H.W. Thompson, an American businessman who became The Silk King of Thailand.