"Islamic Republic of Iran" Top 5 Page for this destination Iran by johnsakura

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Iran, this amazing pearl located in the centre of the supposed most dangerous place on earth, border with Pakistan, turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, this country is a surprise for all travelling there. People are great and very hospitable; Iranians (apart from Islamites which will discriminate and be rude as soon as an opportunity appears) will try to make your visit to the country as pleasant as possible.

Iranian landscapes will make you dream with ancient civilizations and its bazaars will make you spend lots of money as prices are great to buy souvenirs. Iran is one of the best places I’ve ever visited considering quality/cost relation. Transportation, hostels and food is very cheap.

Since 1979 that the country changed to this extreme Muslim policies where still if you look to a girl and talk to her you will be taken to the police station and be hit 80 on your back. 2 words for this: Ayatollah Khomeini.

Historical and Cultural richness

This all area is a mess of cultures from the Arabs until 1050 and Turkmen tribes, Genghis Khan in the 14th century, Ottoman Turks and even Portugal! Yes my country were here, controlling all the Southern part of the country in the Persian Gulf where were made many castles to protect their settlements. You can visit Portuguese castles along the southern part of the Persian Gulf; these still standing structures from the 1500's are very nice to see how far human mentality can take you far way from home. I visited one of these castles in the Island of Qeshme and like it very much.

Persepolis the ancient city

Iranian history is very rich and is the birth of huge ancient civilizations, the Persian Civilization with its capital in Persepolis a few km distance from Shiraz. Only in the 4th century BC Alexander the Great after getting all Greece, Turkey Egypt, and Iraq could actually enter in this hidden city.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful people, great landscapes and bazaars, cheap
  • Cons:Some Islamites that consider you westerner like a evil person...
  • In a nutshell:Amazing Exotic place! yes Exotic!
  • Last visit to Iran: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Jun 24, 2007
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  • alma_h's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Iran has always been on my wish list. Lovely page with great tips, I enjoyed it a lot. Greetings from Bosnia

  • persian_hiker's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2007 at 11:57 PM

    you are graet John!

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    I like a lot your nightlife tips Joao; Iran is a superb country I may visit for true (I was oncethere too shortly ). Nice info, and crossing the river in Ispahan must be fun!

  • raviv_ta's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2006 at 9:12 AM

    Hay- great page very interesting

  • mikarov99's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2006 at 6:54 PM

    Nice and very interisting page about Iran, i will travel to Iran next april.

  • Sputnikboy's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2006 at 2:44 AM

    A lot of useful informations and many beatiful pictures, good job! I will keep your suggestions in my mind for my travel in Iran.

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2006 at 4:31 AM

    Four words for this: very useful, very interesting.

  • Bahador_Alast's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2006 at 9:57 PM

    I really like your pages about Iran. I was born in Tehran, but it's been over 10 years since I've been back .. Do you plan to go there again in the future, if so I have many relatives that I can introduce you to. take care

  • crewrower's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2006 at 7:31 AM

    do you think it's ok/safe for Americans to visit?

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2006 at 12:52 AM

    Great tips and photos! Iran sounds to be a facinating country and I'm really looking forward to go there!


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