A brief civil war in 1994 fomented unrest, and Yemen deteriorated into a failed state. The UK Foreign Office advises against all travel to the country, as terrorist attacks and general lawlessness are common. To add to that, political violence has increased greatly in 2011 after numerous Arab Spring protests. The incredible city of Shibam was built in the 16th Century and consists of mud 'skyscrapers' (for the time) up to 16 stories high. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are numerous other beautiful mountain villages, some perched precariously on top of cliffs. Sana'a is the capital and has some fantastic distinctively Yemeni architecture.



Why you should go:

You really believe you can handle yourself.

Why you shouldn't:

It's one of the most dangerous countries in the world to visit.

Map of Yemen