The biggest surprise for many in Yemen is the lack of markets. Logic would dictate that being an ancient culture with a long history of trade there would have had to be some excellent bazars. But it's not until visiting the tiny town of Beit al-Faqi that travellers finally get their first taste of this. Without question, the Friday market in Beit al-Faqi is the best in the country. Although true, it is unlikely a traveller will find souvenirs, this is not what this market is about. This is not a tourist market, but pure and unadulterated Yemeni trading traditional. The sights, sound and smells combine into some sort for intoxicating concoction as you wander aimlessly past stall filled with who knows what.