Exit Hong Kong, enter
It turns out the Thai government has (whether out of necessity or otherwise—we’re not yet clear) raised the water level of the Chao Phraya River from the north, causing flooding to some of the property bordering the river bank, including our fine hotel. This is apparently a rare occurrence.
When we awoke in the morning and I realized the water had not yet receded, I decided to move us somewhere else (Heather, travel trooper, would have stayed on and braved the flooding because she does love a view!). Due to the flooding, not even a taxi could reach the hotel’s front door, so we strapped on our luggage and backpacks, Heather put on rubber wading boots, and waded back out to dry land and caught a taxi to our new hotel, the Manohra. (So glad our luggage with wheels can be converted to backpacks!)
Even though a good chunk of our first full day in Thailand was spent relocating to a dry hotel, we did take the ferry upriver to see Wat Po, the