Al Hudaydah fish market is very busy and you need to visit early morning when the fish is still being unloaded and sold. The fishing boats are very colourful and the quay is full of people waiting for the boats to arrive.
You can see the boats being unloaded with catches of all types of fish from the Red Sea, and the warehouse where they are sold, which is under cover where it is cooler.
Al Marawe'a market is another of the weekly markets of the Tihama area. This rural market has many animal traders selling goats, cattle and sheep as well as firewood, fruit and vegetables and pottery. There were not as many women at this market as at Wadi Al Dhbab, probably because there were less household items such as pottery and textiles. Even so it is well worth a visit and is very busy with people buying and selling.
The weekly markets move around so you may catch it in another village on a different day.
The drive from Al Hudaydah to Mahwit takes you through a beautiful area called Wadi Surdod with small villages, and smallholdings growing bananas, papayas, mangos and other crops. There is a new road being built through the Wadi which will allow the local people better acces to other towns and villages and will bring more prosperity to the area. The present road is a bumpy track which winds through the muddy floor of the wadi before climbing up the mountains to Mahwit. The new road will take2 years to build and the area will change. If you have time, take a drive through Wadi Surdod to Mahwit before it changes. The people are friendly and wave as you pass.
You will need a 4 wheel drive vehicle as the road is rough, rocky and narrow in parts. And you will have to negotiate trucks and other vehicles coming the other way. We passed a small truck driven by a boy of no more than 12 years old!
As you drive through the Southern Tihama you may pass some herds of camels grazing in the fields at the side of the road.