Help for hol­i­day­mak­ers

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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

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