I don't think it's unfair to make these kinds of generalisations IMO, mostly because I believe they are somewhat true. Out of the 67+ million here I'd say it's a nano-fraction of that that have actually traveled abroad, have any knowledge (modern or historical) of the world outside of Thailand (possibly South East Asia then, to be fair), or even care about that world beyond the horizon. We're talking about a country that thinks it's OK to talk about foreign people in the third person whilst within earshot and call them 'farang', point at them, make open jibes and so on. Yes, not all people are the same, but I'm not having many firsthand experiences here in Thailand to convince me otherwise, and I've worked in numerous locations and met many people. I'm not offended by that however, and realize it's probably a cultural product of a poor education system, superficial media, and lack of libraries, etc etc. Have you watched Thai TV lately? Do you see any programs aimed at the masses that would motivate them to travel? How often do you see a Thai person with a book that's not a comic? When was the last documentary you heard a Thai person talk about, or one you even saw on TV that rivaled an expose that the BBC or Channel 4 or whatever churn out. Critical thinking seems to be limited here, and that applies to all aspects of life, including a desire to understand the world at large, or bother to explore it. Yes, some do, mostly those with money. In a world of rote learning there's not much kindling to spark a fire for exploring the world, would you agree? Another aspect that lends credibility to my point is that of a lack of concern, empathy, or general interest of Thais in a foreigner living here in Thailand (work colleagues for one example). Let me explain that a little further: all the years I've been here nobody has ever asked me do I miss home (nobody beyond extremely close people that is, so less than 3 people), or enquired about my family back there, or even discussed any aspect of the fact that I'm half a planet away and that it must be a strange and an often terrifying scenario to find oneself in, especially as there are few rights for us here, almost zero social security and so on. It's also amazing how many Thais don't understand the hoops we jump through with 90 day reporting, visas, work permits and so on. They think it's a simple process with an infinity of applications at our disposal. They never seem to 'get it' that our stay here could end on a whim of some unthinking official. It's as if they don't even comprehend the gravity of that. Yet, if mama back home in the sticks kicks up a fuss over some trivial day-to-day detail the world is ending and they're on the first overnight bus home. I find Thai people (again not all, and they are quite often soft, charming, and friendly to a fault I might add) to be quite solipsistic, perhaps unwittingly so, but nevertheless... If you look at the overall cultural traits of the country, the tag of 'Thainess' (I refer to the foreign interpretation of that term) whilst an unfair stereotype to whitewash everyone with, has a lot of evidence to perpetuate the mythology.