Reading these popular books written by outsiders about Thailand should give you an impression of the country and its citizens through the foreign eye.
Touch the Dragon, by Karen Conelly
As a 17-year old exchange student, Karen spent a year in a village in the Thai countryside. Lack of all modern comforts did not stop her from enjoying Thailand and the Thai way of life. Although I think the writing is too mature for someone her age (she rewrote and edited afterwards), this book offers a good insight in the daily life in the countryside. [autobiography]