Reading these popular books written by outsiders about Thailand should give you an impression of the country and its citizens through the foreign eye.
Friendly Siam, by Ebbe Kornerup
This book is one of whole series of reprinted old travelogues. Travelling around Thailand in the 1920s the author didn't experience much hardship. He travelled by rail, plane and ship for free and usually managed to stay as a guest in the house of princes and other dignitaries. Despite that his stories are very interesting to read and illustrated with original pictures. Ebbe travelled all over Thailand, with special attention for the South, and was very impressed by Thailand and the Thai people. [travelogue]