Practical information and feedback from Yemen trip
Replies: 1 - Last Post: Nov 5, 2012 9:18 PM Last Post By: fluffy_bunny
Nov 5, 2012 7:28 PM
Practical information and feedback from Yemen tripRecently came back from travelling in the Yemen.
Stayed there in total for just one month, went to Sana, Aden, Taizz, the coast (Al-Hodeida, Mokha etc.), and also did some hiking around Kawkaban and Manakha etc.
Absolutely stunning country - in my opinion one of the most beautiful and exotic country that I have visited in the Middle East so far!
Did part of the trip on my own and part of the trip with the help of a driver from a local travel agency. That was all very flexible though Important as I tend to spend hours taking photos - as I get to draw my own plan/itinerary and the driver was merely someone who hangs around and wait for as long as I take to visit each site.
I have posted up the practical + safety information here at my blog:
Thanks to fluffy_bunny for providing some useful advice, and any advice/corrections from other travellers are also mostly welcomed!
I have also posted up some photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/chan_kawing/sets/72157630948372018/ but I havent finished selecting them yet so that won't be all of it. Hopefully I will get them all done this week.
Hope the information helps, and travel safe!
Nov 5, 2012 9:18 PM
1Nice entry on your blog. Few comments though.
1) "now Yemenia only have domestic flights and regional flights in the Middle East. The only remaining flight to Europe now is to Frankfurt in Germany"
Yemenia also fly into Paris. Plus they have flights to India, Indonesia and Southern Africa (including the Coromos)
2) "more expensive than Yemenia"
For domestic this is true, but internationally, Felix is much cheaper. To fly to the UAE with Felix is around $202. To do it with Yemenia is $230. Djibouti Felix=$139 Yemenia=$191
3) +"Golden Daar Hotel which is one of the best"=
Personally i think the Hotel Dawood is much better at the same price, but that's just personal preference.
4) "I will recommend you not to stay a night here unless you really have to"
Not a correction, a total agreement. Khokha was my least favourite place in Yemen.
It is MUCH better to stay at the hotel in al-Hajjarah.
6) Homestay with Mr. Yahyah
Yahyah's awesome. I stay with him whenever i'm in the area.
7) "The old town of Sana is relatively a lot safer compare to the new town"
Perhaps you can't read Arabic (i barely can) but all those green and red stencilled signs around the Old City read: “Death to America, death to Israel, curses to the Jews and victory to Islam" That doesn't make it dangerous, but at times rather uncomfortable.
8) "kidnappings are always organised"
Not even remotely true! Many kidnappings are of opportunity.
9) " if the government finds you there without a travel permit, there is a possibility of them accusing you for going to a terrorist training camp"
Agree. There was an American in the off-limits region of Shabwa who was arrested for "suspicious entry"
10) "possibility of a civil war between northern Yemen and southern Yemen"
Actually, the civil war is not between the North and South, but the North and North. Yemen essentially has 3 armed forces controlled by 3 different people. The republican guard is controlled by the ex-president's son, the "opposition army" is controlled by Major General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar (he's from Sana'a too) and the police force is the third party. But, i wouldn't expect a traveller to fully understand internal politics.
11) "shortage of water supply in Aden when I was there."
Actually, Sana'a has a FAR greater water issue than Aden.
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