Tarim is famous for its innumerable palaces - a collection of approximately thirty mansions constructed between the 1870s and 1930s. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Hadhramaut’s merchant families grew rich from trade and investments abroad. The al-Kaf family was considered the most influential. Many members of the family were...more
Al-Kafs Palace is Tarim's most flamboyan, apparently using a book of different architectural styles as a templatre, kind of project. It was beautiful in old days, havinf the mirror ceiling, decor pillars inside the palace. Going up to the 3rd level and get a spendid view of the city of Tarim.Admission YR150 (May 2008).more
On the coast road from Mukalla to Aden you will pass Yemen's most important ancient port, where the Frankincense was shipped from in Sabaean times. In ancient times it was called Qana. The Sabaeans traded with Oman, Persia and India but Qana was destroyed in the 2nd century AD and now it is a small village called Bir Ali. Also along the route is a...more
The coast road from Mukalla to Aden is said to be safer than the old road. Some of the tribes along the route are hostile to the present government. Under the socialist regime they were supported financially and didn’t need to work. Now they are not given state support. They sometimes ambush and kidnap people travelling along the road from Mukalla...more
To get here you can either drive from Sanaa via Marib or Al Mukalla as I did or if you are pressed for time you can fly Yemenia into Sayun and it is a 15 min or so drive from the airport.I would suggest driving in and flying out if time is critical. Shibam sits in the middle of Wadi Hadramawt which is basically a huge canyon full of small...more
I didn't stay there, but went there in early afternoon hoping for a cup of tea. But they don't have...more
Just to walk around this place is an experience. The size of the structures will get you you.When I first saw the place it did not have the effect on me that it did when I had a chance to look back at the trip/visit. Take a bottle of water with you and maybe a book, find a place to sit and enjoy this place....It's Yemen, there will not be many...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
Al Hawta Palace Hotel is situated on the outskirts of Say'un and is set in lovely landscaped...more
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
This whole place is sort of off the beaten path. This place kind of reminded me of the North. It was a bit cooler up here after lunch and ended up being the place I got to meet some local kids here. After talking to them I realized how much more aware of the world they were when compared to their American counterparts....the effects of satellite TV...more
Hadramaut is famous for its honey. We saw bee hives along the road from Tarim to Shibam and you can buy the honey in many places in the Hadramaut - along the roadside, in the shops in Shibam and Tarim and Seiyun. One of the best places to buy it is in Al Hajjarain, the price is reasonable (can't remember how much) because there are less tourists...more
This was simply the only obvious place to sit down and eat in Al Ghrfah, but the fuul were well up to scratch and the cooking is done outside, so youu see the spectacle of your vast round of flat bread being hooked out of the tandoor and slapped in front of you.
Favorite Dish: Mmmmmmmmmmm, those beans!