At this point, it's abundantly clear that parts of Bangkok's outskirts are being sacrificed to spare the capital.
Bangkok's city center is still protected by a network of sandbag walls and dikes that stop floodwaters from gushing into the city center.
On the other side, however, are families suffering in homes steeped in brown water and lanes turned to trash-choked canals.
In a few isolated cases, residents are joining forces to tear down dikes -- draining the water from their districts and flooding areas closer to the city.
Having visited some of the worst-hit areas, I'd say "chaos" is overkill.
But the government is well aware that, in saving the capital, they're draining the outside provinces' patience.
Thailand's prime minister has personally thanked neighborhoods for their sacrifice while cautioning that, if Bangkok goes under, then "foreigners will lose confidence in us and wonder why we cannot save our own capital.”