Reading these popular books written by outsiders about Thailand should give you an impression of the country and its citizens through the foreign eye.
A Killing Smile, by Christopher G. Moore
(Love you, hate you, kill you.....) I only read this one book, but it is part of a series located in Thailand. I found it quite enjoyable. The book describes Bangkok's night life. Hard-core expats buy girls, get drunk and use drugs like there's nothing to it. One of the good guys is a hard-core guy who has seen it all and changed his mind about it. The other one is a guy freshly arrived who still sees things differently. The story about a woman once shared between both guys is just an excuse to get them all together in Bangkok. [fiction]