Travel to Yemen – Episode 228

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Chris Rosenkrans from Pennsylvania about his trip to the country of Yemen. Chris started in the capital city of Sana’a which he thinks is one of the beautiful cities he has ever seen. Chris then recommends a trip to the Haraz mountains to see Shibam Hadhramaut (a shibam is a city built into the cliffs) and north to Kawkaban. In addition wander around Sana’a to some of the community gardens in the area. Chris did not make it to Socotra island where many of the scents like Frankincense come from. Yemen also does sport gun markets and khat markets to this has to qualify as adventure travel.



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Old Walled City of Shibam or Shibam Hadhramaut
Yemen National Museum
Frankincense
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Kawkaban – hill top town

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.



5 Responses to “Travel to Yemen – Episode 228”

Jonathan Mahoney

Says:

Haha, thanks for another great interview. I loved the blooper at the end. =D

John

Says:

I have traveled extensively in Yemen and just wanted to leave a few comments:

1) There are many very fine four and five star hotels (including western brands) in Sana’a, not just “one” as was mentioned in the interview. (i.e. Movenpick, Mercure, Sheraton).

2) US troops do not vacation in Yemen, in fact US government employees must obtain permission to go to Yemen, even on leisure trips due to safety concerns. Embassy staff are limited in their travel outside of Sana’a.

3) US/UK/Canadian citizens (and citizens of most other countries) now need a visa in advance to travel to Yemen. Until February of 2010, most were able to get a visa on arrival at the airport in Sana’a.

4) The US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and the equivalents for Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries suggest deferring all non essential travel to Yemen at this time. While these government warnings are usually overblown, they are important to mention. I am shocked that your guest did not even mention these warnings. They are important to read before thinking about a trip to Yemen. The security situation is deteriorating quickly across Yemen.

5) I was also surprised not to hear anything about the beautiful islands off the southern coast of Yemen! These islands are probably the safest part of Yemen and some of the most beautiful in the world.

chris2x

Says:

John, thanks very much for the corrections

Agagooga

Says:

Ever considered putting the pictures from the enhanced version into a web-accessible gallery for each episode?

Kathy aka mytimetotravel

Says:

More reason for John’s warnings: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64N1S120100524 Note that the article (about an American couple kidnapped outside Sana’a) says:

“Kidnappings of foreigners and Yemenis are common in the Arabian peninsula country, where hostages are often used by disgruntled tribesmen to press demands on authorities.”

I’m not exactly a timid traveler, but I’d think twice, or even three times, about visiting Yemen.

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