When I had been stuck in Cuba years before I had gone along to the embassy for help. I had been running out of money, impossible to get any cabled in, I couldn't get a flight out, I was getting very hungry, had an abscessed tooth which had started to poison me and had gone from zero cigarettes per day up to sixty. The British Embassy advised me to water ski back to the Bahamas. Later that made rather nice headlines in the local Nassau newspaper but did not exactly help at the time.
The return flight had some trouble taking off as an engine kept on cutting out. After a couple of hours and three attempts we eventually got airborne but the engine packed up again and we had to put down in some town in southern Laos that I forget the name of. There we were fed until the problem was solved and we made it back to Saigon. I actually have fond memories of Royal Air Laos. Perhaps not the most efficient but very friendly.