Reading these popular books written by outsiders about Thailand should give you an impression of the country and its citizens through the foreign eye.
Patpong Sisters, by Cleo Odzer
(An American woman's view of the Bangkok sex world) Fieldwork for her dissertation anthropology made the author spend 3 years in and around Patpong. She describes the life in Bangkok's biggest red light district and makes it even more real by adding pictures of the people involved. Somewhere in the book she looses her objective viewpoint as observer and gets involved. [autobiography]