Reading these popular books written by outsiders about Thailand should give you an impression of the country and its citizens through the foreign eye.
The Beach, by Alex Garland
The decline of a secret utopia set on one of Thailand's smaller islands. Starting in backpackers "paradise" Khao San, the story continues with the search for THE beach, where foreign youths built up their own community, undisturbed by family, friends and Thai people. Until... [fiction]