Reading these popular books written by outsiders about Thailand should give you an impression of the country and its citizens through the foreign eye.
Anna and the King of Siam, by Anna Leonowens
(From the English governess at the Siamese court) An arrogant, narrow-minded English governess describes her view on Thailand in the 1860s. All the best seems to come from the West. However, her book also provides an interesting insight in the royal court and Thai habits of that time. Movies based on this book have not been allowed on show in Thailand. The story is regarded as untrue and an insult for Thai people and HM the King. [autobiography/fiction]