Mark lives and works in Khamis Mushait in the south west of Saudi Arabia. He is trying to make the most of his time there in the culturally rich and quite unknown mountainous Asir region of Saudi Arabia.
Lonely Planet is woeful when it comes to the Asir province in Saudi Arabia, only mentioning a couple of places. One of these places is Habalah, which literally means “rope.” With all the wonderful places to visit here, it’s a shame Lonely Planet chose this place to talk about over all others. In the southwest(…)
The road is long, mostly straight through the rocky desert, sometimes winding through mountains while giving way to congresses of baboons. It’s the deep south of Saudi Arabia. Evidence of car crashes all the way down didn’t manage to dampen our spirits, neither did the multiple checkpoints manned by guards more interested in looking at(…)
Down the mountain from the capital of the Asir region, Abha, the sloping landscape and winding roads from as far south as Jizan and almost as far north as Jeddah encompass the lands called Tihama. It’s important historically in the frankincense trade, and culturally for its Tihami flower people. We were driving alongside camels. Hummingbirds(…)