Oh the staring ash !!! Yes it can be a bit unsettling to start with ... But its just normal ... I still get it a lot here ... But I put it down to being the only farang around here. That and being touched ... Another thing you might get ... You will always get the odd encounter ash ... Just ignore is my advice to you ... Its not the Thai way to start a confrontation.
I know Jimmbo and Harvey get they're fair share of stares on the beach