Traditional mud bricks are used for building throughout the Hadramaut. I have also seen them in Southern Algeria, Mali and Sudan but the bricks in the Hadramaut are thinner but larger than anywhere else I have seen them - less brick shaped. This may be due to the type of mud available? The mud is mixed with grass and put in a metal frame to shape...more
Limestone is used to plaster walls, and around the windows and doors, often in decorative patterns. It is more expensive than mud bricks, as it is more labour intensive to make so only wealthy people use Limestone as plaster. You can see it in Hadramaut used as plaster on the Sultan's Palace in Say'un and in many towns across Yemen used as window...more
The Hadramaut area is famous for it's honey. You will see shops selling it in Shibam and along the roadside. It is said to be some of the best honey you can buy - I can't vouch for that claim as I'm allergic to honey but my friends who tried it were impressed.It is not just sold to the tourists - the local people are very keen on their honey and...more
The Sultan's Palace belonged to a Sultan of the Al Kathiri family, who ruled Hadramaut from here between 1516 and 1967. The palace was built in 1873, restored in 1926 and has been a museum since 1985. It is the largest mud brick building in the HadramautExhibits range from Stone Age to the mid Islamic period. The tablets inscribed with the Southern...more
This is a most interesting museum. Apart from the general interest of the building itself, it has several interesting exhibitions over three floors. one is devoted to temporary exhibitions, one to an exhibits on the history of the Hadramawt including many of Freya Stark's photos, and a collection of ancient artefacts that includes a number of truly...more
The most important attraction is the sultan's 19th century mud palace towering over the town. There is an entrance fee and another fee inside to see some exhibitions. Even though the exhibits are modest they give a good impression of the old days in the wadi. There is a large selection of framed photographs from the 1930's and '40s, taken by the...more
According to local architecture the houses of Wadi Hadramawt are built by mud bricks. This helps the structures to retain chill inside during the hot summer months, as well as warmth during the chilly nights. It is interesting to see on the way a lot of hand made bricks drying under the sun.more
While in Wadi Hadramawt, keep an eye for the local herder hat. It is tall and has a "witch" look particularly because the women are dressed and covered all in black. It is called "madhalla" and it is a favorite souvenir for the visitors. At least you can make some funny photos with them in souvenir shops.more
If bats ain't nightlife, what is? The hotel swimming pool attracted large numbers of bats in early evening, swooping in to drink.
I was surprised by the large eyes.
I flew Yemenia airlines domestic flight from Sana'a to Seiyun round trip. It was US$145. I booked the air ticket through a traverl agent before my arrival. There is daily flight, so there should have no problem during low season.The 737 aircraft looks quite new. Inside the aircraft, the monitors even has 3D flight path, which was the first time I...more
Form Seiyun, you can take shared taxi for YR100 (30 mins) to Shibam. The taxi will wait for 5 pax beofre it starts off. From shibam, the atxi with the same fare for return. But the later you come back, i.e. the darker the sky is, the most difficult for you to get shared taxi and you may end up chartting a taxi for YR500-1,000 (May 2008). So do take...more
The bus to Sayun from Salalah leaves a couple of times per week. The bus I took left Salalah on Monday morning at 6.00 and cost 10 Omani Rials. The Omani border crossing took a couple of hours (10.30 to 12.30) and the Yemeni border took a further half hour.We arrived in Salalah at 20.30. I think it is cheaper if you buy a return ticket from...more
If you run low on something. The souqs in Sayun are the place to get it. They seemed to have a little bit of everything here. After visiting the Sultan's Palace to get the lay of the land these are great places to wander about. They say some of the best honey in the world comes from around here. You will see it in the souq in shops that specialize...more
10 Reviews and Opinions
The bus I travelled on from Salalah arrived in Sayun at 20:30 and all exchange offices were closed. Fortunately the hotel owner lent me a thousand Rials for dinner and drinks. Although the Yemenis are very friendly and helpful, it would be wiser to change money before you get to Yemen or at the border.
For some reason the lower denomination USD notes got a poor rate in Sayun but not in Sana.