Reading these popular books written by outsiders about Thailand should give you an impression of the country and its citizens through the foreign eye.
Very Thai, by Philip Cornwell-Smith
(Everyday popular culture) An interesting book for Thailand-lovers that shows and explains the small day-to-day things that make Thailand unique. The four sections Street, Personal, Ritual and Sanuk ('fun') each describe in colourful detail why for example those little pink tissues are pink, the Thai love for uniforms, the little altars in taxi's and the popularity of yaa dong. Illustrated with a lot of photo's. A good browse. [coffee table book]