Does anybody have experience with asian type?



I'm working on a set of packagings in different languages and I'd need to know what difficulties I could find in terms of type, composition, if it's written from left to right or top to bottom. If there's a wiki or a site where I can read information about it please let me know. Here's the list of the languages and what I know so far:

- greek: left to right, no problems with Myriad

- indonesian: from left to right, can work it out as english, no problem

- corean: top to bottom, no problems in terms of type but wondering how to work the text direction

- hindu: not sure if it's left to right, problems with type

- thai: not sure if it's left to right, problems with type

Thai specimen books?

I'm getting interested in Thai fonts now, and would like to look at some specimen books. I've already found แบบตัวพิมพ์ไทย (Thai Fonts) in digital form (PDF) and am wondering if there's any place I can get it in paper form before printing it out myself. I'm also aware of Theppitak Karoonboonyanan's work maintaining the NECTEC fonts for Linux.

But what I'm really interested in is older, pre-digital specimens of high-quality Thai printing.