"Time for another lemonade." Say'un by TheLongTone

Say'un Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 71 photos

I liked Sayun very much indeed. It's the kind of town where even though you seem to be the only tourist in town nobody takes an undue amount of interest in you. It certainly doesn't crackle with energy: it's hot by eight and by eleven even the locals are looking stunned by the heat. but it feels busy enough: lots of life, and a good sense of place, with the vast white sultan's palace dominating the town and the whole set in the extraordinary landscape of the hadramawt.

Sayun is the effective capital of the Hadramawt oasis, and is probably the best base for exploration of the region. There are good transport links with the rest of the hadramawt, there is a Tourist Police office where you can arrange permits to travel further afield than tarim or Shibam, which can be visited without a permit and there are numerous hotels. (Sayun was recently the location for the annual Reunification Day celebrations, which seems to produce a wave of hotel building)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:It's a good thing there are plenty of juice stalls.
  • Cons:Because it's hot, hot hot
  • In a nutshell:Hydration is an issue
  • Last visit to Say'un: May 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    The place sure seems a treasure trove of fantastic photo opportunities! Im jealous though - bats, swimming pools and ginger sips for christmas!

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2007 at 1:31 AM

    I shall be spending Christmas in Seyun - I am hoping to have bats in my hotel too!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2007 at 5:25 PM

    even bats by your swimming pool - there's luxury


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