Yemen Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Denis_Romanov
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    by Denis_Romanov
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    by Denis_Romanov
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Sanaa

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183,964,7

Socotra

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68,273,0

Ma'rib

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22,41,0

Tarim

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17,57,0

Shibam

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27,88,1

Al Mukalla

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28,45,0

Say'un

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29,71,1

Zabid

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22,63,0

Ta`izz

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13,35,0

Shaharah

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10,16,0

Kawkaban

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19,59,0

Hammam Damt

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0,6,0

Manakhah

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18,66,0

Al Hajarah

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0,1,0

Hababah

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8,21,0

Shibam

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7,21,0

Hutayb

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1,4,0

Al Hajara`

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2,8,0

Sif

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5,39,0

Jiblah

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6,23,0

Ibb

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3,26,0

Bayt al Faqih

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0,1,0

`Amran

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6,39,0

Al Mahwit

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6,14,0

Al Hudaydah

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7,13,0

Al Hajarayn

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2,14,0

`Adan

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0,1,0

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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Socotra

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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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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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Say'un

See all 29 Say'un Tips
  • 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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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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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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Shaharah

See all 10 Shaharah Tips
  • Roads like you have never seen before

    Shaharah Warnings and Dangers

    Shaharah has been known for being unreachable for so many years and half the battle is just getting there! I have travelled on some bad mountain roads in my life in Pakistan, India and Nepal but nothing compares to the road from Wadi Qabi to the actual village of Shaharah. If you are afraid of heights or terrified of a driver that doesnt speak...

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  • Men with Ak47s dont sweat it!

    Shaharah Favorites

    Travellers beware that when you travel from Wadi Qabi to Shaharah your driver ( A local from the wadi) will probably pick up some of his buddies along the mountain route who are just looking for a ride up into their villages for free and to be honest I dont blame them because I wouldnt walk or hike those mountain passes everyday either! The men...

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  • The Bridge

    Shaharah Things to Do

    Shaharah and the surrounding area has to be one of the most stunning landscapes not only in Yemen but the entire Middle East. Travellers are far and few between here and the locals are not used to mass tourism but they all know that you are going to Shaharah to see the incredible bridge. The first glimpse of the bridge is quite dramatic because you...

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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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Manakhah

See all 18 Manakhah Tips
  • Trekking around Harraz Mountain

    Manakhah Things to Do

    Trekking around Harraz Mountain is a must do day trip while staying in Manakhan. I paid YR2,000 (May 2008) despite the guide firstly asked for YR5,000 for a 5 hour trekking trip around Harraz Mountain. I visited Lakamat al-Qadi, Kahel, Al-Hoteib. It worths the trek but be sure you bargain for the price. I think my price was high and YR1,000 should...

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  • Go the extra mile

    Manakhah Transportation

    Go the extra mile, in this case from Manakha to Al-Hajjarah - definitely worth it. There is one bad stretch of road when leaving Manakha, but the rest is nicely asphalted, compliments of the European Commission.

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  • Scenery around Manakha

    Manakhah Things to Do

    Hilltop villages, spectacular mountains, deep wadis form this area. With the fresh air of high altitude, trekking is a unique experience and well worth trying... (I didn't and I regret it)

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Hababah

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  • Bukur Castle

    Hababah Off The Beaten Path

    Close to Hababa at Zakati is Bukur , an 800 year old ruined castle on the steep mountainside with stunning and scary views off the edge of a plateau with the mountains behind.

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  • There is none

    Hababah Shopping

    There is no shopping in Hababah! Do your shopping for 'antiques' and other souvenirs in Thula - or better yet in the Old City of Sana'a. No restaurants, nightlife either...but also no tourist traps or dangers. Just friendly folks.

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  • Quiet alternative for Thula

    Hababah Things to Do

    Thula has become a bit overbearing. It is beautiful and clean, but its population is starting to go the wrong way in their commercialization of the place. Slightly less picturesque, because it does not have the mountainside location, Hababah is worth a visiti nevertheless: it is full of old houses and its cistern with semi-circular round housing...

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