Yemen Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Denis_Romanov
  • Sports & Outdoors
    by Denis_Romanov
  • Sports & Outdoors
    by Denis_Romanov

Yemen Highlights

  • Pro
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    MichaelFalk1969 says…

     very friendly people, architecture, diverse landscapes 

  • Con
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    JohnniOmani says…

     tribal tensions,violence and home to militants 

  • In a nutshell
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     The draw of a name 

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Sanaa

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180,955,7

Socotra

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64,234,0

Tarim

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16,52,0

Shibam

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26,82,1

Zabid

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21,57,0

Ma'rib

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22,41,0

Al Mukalla

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28,45,0

Say'un

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28,66,1

Manakhah

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18,66,0

Ta`izz

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13,35,0

Kawkaban

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19,59,0

Shaharah

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10,16,0

Thila

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18,48,0

Little Aden

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Hammam Damt

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0,6,0

Sif

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5,39,0

Sana'

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3,5,0

Al Hajarayn

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2,14,0

Shibam

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7,21,0

Jiblah

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6,23,0

Ibb

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3,26,0

Al Hajarah

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0,1,0

`Amran

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6,39,0

Al Hudaydah

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6,9,0

Al Hajara`

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2,8,0

Widn Dhahr

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5,27,0

Mocha

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0,3,0

Al Mashhad

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0,2,0

Al Mahwit

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6,14,0

Hutayb

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1,4,0

Sanaa

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  • NO STAMPS AT THE POST OFFICE

    Sanaa Warnings and Dangers

    There are 9 Post Offices in Sana’a. Having said that, do not leave it until the last minute to buy your stamps for postcards. I did and when I arrived with 15 postcards, they told me they had run out of stamps! Is good advice anyway to get the stamps on the first day. Thinking about it later, I realised that this could happen in any developing...

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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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    Sanaa Restaurants

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Socotra

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  • Socotra Dream - proceed with extreme...

    Socotra Warnings and Dangers

    As previous posters have mentioned, Socotra Dream have become an unreliable company to book with. I have read many great historical reviews, so perhaps something has changed for them in recent times, either way, our recent experience of them has been very disappointingWe wired the money for our flights from Sharjah in the UAE to Socotra (as we...

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  • Socotra Dream Tours - challenging to...

    Socotra Warnings and Dangers

    I booked my trip to Socotra with Socotra Dream Tours. The trip itself went quite well, although I will warn other travelers that Abdullah, the company's owner, does not have particularly good skills at communication (in terms of responding to e-mails asking for confirmations of their flights, visa documents, etc.) or cash flow management (which...

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  • Socotra Dream Tours SWINDLERS

    Socotra Warnings and Dangers

    I join prevoius poster regarding Socotra Dreams criminal Abdullah Hazeem Omar. I had same experience last year with him, no reply on the phone, mail or message once he collected the money. I managed with different peoples' help to reach tourist police and after almost a year got my 300 € back. He caused me another 300 € costs I will probably never...

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Tarim

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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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  • Al-Kafs Palace

    Tarim Things to Do

    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).

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Shibam

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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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  • 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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  • Wander the old city

    Shibam Things to Do

    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...

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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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  • English speaking guide

    Zabid Things to Do

    We had an English speaking guide organised for us. He was very friendly and knowledgeable and we had a tour of around 2 hours with him.It is useful to get an English speaking guide, if you speak English, as there is not much written information about Zabid and it is very easy to get lost in the winding streets in the heat. I don't think I would...

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Ma'rib

See all 22 Ma'rib Tips
  • 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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Al Mukalla

See all 28 Al Mukalla Tips
  • 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 28 Say'un Tips
  • 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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  • 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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  • Sanaa - Seiyun by air

    Say'un Transportation

    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...

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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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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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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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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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Thila

See all 18 Thila Tips
  • 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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