The first thing that strikes you about Bangkok is the bombardment of juxtaposing influences, Eastern and Western, traditional and modern, that hit you from all corners. Buddhist monks calmly walk past high rise buildings, ancient wats share space with beer bars and night clubs. Unlike other Asian cities like Tokyo, which resembles just another Western metropolis, the city of Bangkok seems comfortable enough with its multiple identities. Located only slightly above sea levels, Thailands largest city is flooded with monotonous regularity, during the monsoons and is, like so many other sprawling metros worldwide, chaotic, polluted and congested.  Traffic is a nightmare, the temperature can reach record breaking levels, and there is a visible chasm that exists between the rich and the poor, but people here are much too busy having fun to notice or care.