Yemen Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Denis_Romanov
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Socotra

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Sanaa

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183,972,7

Ma'rib

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22,41,0

Tarim

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17,57,0

Say'un

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29,71,1

Shibam

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27,88,1

Al Mukalla

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28,45,0

Zabid

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22,63,0

Kawkaban

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19,59,0

Ta`izz

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13,35,0

Al Mahwit

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6,14,0

Thila

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Al Hajarah

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0,1,0

Hammam Damt

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0,6,0

Sif

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5,39,0

Shaharah

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10,16,0

Manakhah

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18,66,0

Ibb

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3,26,0

Hababah

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8,21,0

`Adan

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0,1,0

Widn Dhahr

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5,27,0

Kuhlan

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8,22,0

Jiblah

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6,23,0

Mocha

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0,3,0

Al Hajarayn

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2,14,0

Hutayb

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1,4,0

Kuhlan

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0,3,0

Socotra

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Sanaa

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  • Buy a Janbiya

    Sanaa Things to Do

    Almost all men in Sana'a. with an age above 14, wear a Jambiya or Yemeni dagger. They are beautiful and not expensive at all.

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  • Arabia Felix

    Sanaa Hotels

    absolutely PERFECT! We had all we need - hot water, cable TV, views and very interesting stay....

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  • The Qat House

    Sanaa Off The Beaten Path

    In this tent men come together to masticate Qat. It reminded me the Opium secret places in China.For your information, chewing Qat in Arabia, Jordan and other strict Muslim countries is penalized with seven years imprisonment, but in Djibouti, Somalia and Yemen, is free.

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Ma'rib

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  • Security at Marib Sites

    Ma'rib Warnings and Dangers

    Since the shooting of the Spanish tourists in May 2007, Brits have been advised not to go to Marib. Other European tour groups do go though, and there is a police escort along the road (see getting to Marib tip)I went anyway, without my group and with a driver, as I was desperate to see it and came back to tell the tale. I had the sites to myself...

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  • Travelling to Marib

    Ma'rib Transportation

    You can take a day trip to Marib from Sana’a. The drive is between 2.5 to 3 hours each way. Many tours then continue across the empty quarter to Hadramaut. I took the trip from Sana’a there and back in a day as Brits were advised not to go to Marib so I got a driver to take me. The tourist vehicles travel in a convoy with a police escort, meeting...

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  • The Southern Arabian Inscriptions

    Ma'rib Things to Do

    The Southern Arabian language dates from Sabaean times (Queen of Sheba) and had 29 letters, all in upper case. Inscriptions were mostly carved into stone and used to describe administrative and commercial achievements, battle victories and building work. The oldest found so far is from the 9th century BC, the most recent from the 2nd century BC.At...

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Tarim

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  • Visit the 30 palaces

    Tarim Things to Do

    Or visit at least the most remarkable palaces. Do not miss Al Kaf Palace. You have to pay a small fee and is worht the visit. Some of them shelter pretty furniture.

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  • Masjid al-Jami

    Tarim Things to Do

    The usual Friday great mosque for Tarim. Behind this mossque is the worl renowed al-ahgaf manuscript Library.

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  • Tarimi Palaces

    Tarim Things to Do

    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...

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Say'un

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  • The Market

    Say'un Things to Do

    Apart from the Sultan Palace it is worth to visit other places in Say'un, scuh as the local market, in downtown, where you can buy fruits.

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  • Al Hawta Palace Hotel

    Say'un Hotels

    Al Hawta Palace Hotel is situated on the outskirts of Say'un and is set in lovely landscaped...

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  • Need supplies

    Say'un Shopping

    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...

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Shibam

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  • The doors of the houses

    Shibam Things to Do

    While walking around Shibam I paid attention to the houses and its doors. Many of them were very original.

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  • Shibam Hotel

    Shibam Hotels

    I didn't stay there, but went there in early afternoon hoping for a cup of tea. But they don't have...

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  • Getting here

    Shibam Transportation

    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...

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Al Mukalla

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  • Fish market

    Al Mukalla Things to Do

    Yemen being on the coast of the Arabian Sea is a seafood town. The tuna here would make any Japanese person salivate.

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  • Ancient Port and Fishing Village

    Al Mukalla Things to Do

    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...

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  • Police Escort from Mukalla to Aden

    Al Mukalla Transportation

    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...

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Zabid

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  • Children in Zabid

    Zabid Local Customs

    It is a tradition to be nice in Yemen and never refuse a smile or a conversation. These children were very curious because rarely a foreigner visit Zabid.

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  • Bab an-Nakhi

    Zabid Things to Do

    The city retains much of the low defensive wall and also some of the original gates, including Bab an-Nakhi.

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  • Al-Jami'a Mosque

    Zabid Things to Do

    Zabid is a town named after Wadi Zabid the wadi to its south, is one of the oldest towns in Yemen, it was the capital of Yemen from the 13th to the 15th century and a center of the Arab and Muslim world due in large part to its famed University of Zabid and being a center of Islamic education. Zabid has been declared a World Heritage Site by the...

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Kawkaban

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  • Kawkaban

    Kawkaban Things to Do

    An important stronghold during the Turkish occupation of lower regions of the Yemen, Kawkaban served to protect the town of Shibam below. It is built at the summit of a 350-metre cliff and the town's inhabitants were often evacuated there during times of crisis. Kawkaban is about an hour's walk from Shiban, by means of a paved footway, starting...

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  • Local meal

    Kawkaban Restaurants

    Once you are done hiking down the cliff it is time to eat in the town below..Shibam. My yank butt go to dine solo since I was by myself but the food was hot and plentiful. for $5-7 it was enough food to feed 3-4 people. There was a honey cake that was a tasty treat to snack on. When they cook a chicken here and elsewhere in Yemen they chop it up...

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  • Hike down the cliff

    Kawkaban Things to Do

    Here's the drill. Any guide you hire will take you up to the town/mesa. You walk around and take your photos but don't buy anything from the local yo yo's selling trinkets since you can get it cheaper in Sanaa anyway. When you are done clicking the camera and shooting the sh.. with the locals if you can speak arabic..you hike down the trail that...

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Ta`izz

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  • Al-Ashrafiya Mosque

    Ta`izz Things to Do

    Al-Ashrafiya Mosque constructed in 628 with beautiful twin minarets located at end of old town in Ta'izz.

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  • Qalat-al Qahira

    Ta`izz Things to Do

    Qalat-al Qahira, the old citadel and the governor's palace that rests on top of a mountain spur 450 metres above the city centre.

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  • Wadi Al Dhbab Weekly Market

    Ta`izz Off The Beaten Path

    Wadi al Dhbab weekly market is a rural market and it is very crowded with animal traders selling goats, camels, cattle, sheep and donkeys as well as stalls of spices, garlic, baskets, hats, pottery and textiles and fruit and vegetables. This area grows very large papayas which are delicious!The country people are very colourful with bright orange...

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Al Mahwit

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  • Al Mahwit

    Al Mahwit Things to Do

    Al Mahwit is a capital city of Al Mahwit Governorate, Yemen. It is located in the elevation of around 2000 metres.

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  • Hatim Ibn Ibrahim al-Hamdani Shrine

    Al Mahwit Off The Beaten Path

    West of Mahwit in the Haraz mountains, Manakah was an important stopping place in Ottoman times for caravans travelling between Sana’a and Hodeidah. Close by is Al Khutayb, an Ismaili Shi’ite region and Hatim Ibn Ibrahim al-Hamdani is a 16th century Ismaili shrine and tomb. It is 6km from Manakah on top of a hill. Pilgrims travel from as far as...

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  • Architecture

    Al Mahwit Things to Do

    The architecture of Al Mahwit is typical of the Central Highlands and mixes the old and the new successfully. It is quite run down in parts but this adds to its charm. The older houses, which are between 300 and 600 years old, are made from blocks of mountain stone and have attractive shuttered windows.

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Thila

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  • Dagger dancing

    Thila Local Customs

    Like elsewhere in the Central Highlands men will just start to dance, even without particular reason.

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  • Don't come here to buy stuff

    Thila Tourist Traps

    I second what is said under "Aggressive sales people". The shopkeepers have ruimed it for themselves as far as I'm concerned. Besides, there's nothing there you couldn't find in Old Sana'a for less. Go see the town, or skip it and see Hababah (see there). Go to the souq area of Old Sana'a for your jambiyas, shawls or whatever takes your fancy.

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  • thila - random thoughts and info

    Thila Favorites

    Thila is a small fortified town with seven ancient gates not far from Sanaa (about 90 minutes drive) and worth a day trip for its superb architecture. It is a mountain town built at the foot of a steep, rocky outcrop. The houses are all old and the vast majority are tower houses built with stones taken from the mountain behind. A perfect blend. In...

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Sif

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  • Forgot the name of the village

    Sif Off The Beaten Path

    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...

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  • Walk around the villages

    Sif Things to Do

    Since it was prayer time for my driver I did some exploring on my own thru some of the villages. Sorry that I don't recall the names of these places. Many of them make it easy to forget about time aside from the occasional TV dish on a roof.

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  • Around Hadramawt

    Sif Things to Do

    Just driving around this giant oasis is a sight to be seen. I was like a kid in a candy store walking around here. Never knew what to what to expect. How could a place like this exist in the middle of Yemen??? Hope you like my pics.

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