Help for holidaymakers
magine being stranded in the middle of the night in a foreign country with not a single person in sight. That is the Holiday Moment shared by Cesar Perez as part of the 7DAYS Holiday Moments campaign.
Cesar, a 36-year-old Venezuelan sales executive in Dubai, was stranded in the Phang Nga province in Thailand in 2011 with his wife after their motorbike ran out of petrol - but luckily for them an elderly couple living in the isolated area came to their rescue.
Cesar said: “About 1am, we took our bike trusting the gas needle that it had half a tank of petrol, however less than 5km after leaving the airport the bike stalled and stopped, little did I know the gauge was playing a trick on us.
“What could we do in the middle of the road this late with no petrol station in sight?
“We walked for about half a kilometre and saw a small house on the side of the road. Completely frightened and embarrassed at the same time, we knocked on the door and woke up an older couple whose eyes we shut from sleeping but immediately wide open as they saw these two foreigners at their doorstep! They spoke no English and we spoke no Thai, sign language was our best ally at that time.
“I rode for about 10 minutes with the gentleman on his truck and came to a stop in front of a small vending machine and I took the gas.”
Cesar said he gave the man some money for the ride and his wife, Lucy Hernandez, gave the Thai couple a necklace she was wearing. He said it was “amazing” that strangers can be so helpful despite the communication barrier.
We want to hear about our readers’ most memorable vacation experiences - and one person will win a trip for four to Mauritius with Emirates Holidays. You can share your Holiday Moments on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #7DAYSmoments.
FUEL YOU: Cesar and Lucy on their ‘tricky’ bike while on holiday in Thailand