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Iran, the Forgotten Destination

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Ever since I came back from my Iran holiday, when ever I read or watch the news on TV, I seem to hear about Iran, which made me think as if Iran is the flavour of this month’s news. Or maybe I am biased as I am so fascinated about Iran at the moment. Well, I think I am not totally wrong because even though I don’t normally follow political news, but because of the turmoil on the border of Iran-Iraq state, Iran might work with the US on how to handle the situation, and even the UK plans to reopen it’s embassy in Iran, And there’s another (old) news of the more liberal new Iranian Leader who is willing to open a discussion with US.

Similar to when I told my friends that we planned to visit Yemen, they were also asking me why did I want to go to Iran? It’s an unstable country and what is there in Iran anyway? My reply then was the same as going to Yemen, and its all about the architecture. But once I saw Iran, except the architecture, everything I heard and I knew about Iran was shattered. Right when we arrived in the Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA), to Tehran, and to other places within the country, Iran was clean, very modern, the city was green, a lot of tree lined avenues and most of all, the people, they were very friendly very open (I am not talking about the government and the politics here).

Regardless of all the news and negative propaganda by the press about Iran, I am glad that Keith and I managed to see Iran when it hadn’t been soiled with McDonalds or KFC.

 

Map of Iran:

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  1. I would like to go to Iran for the incredible history dating back to our very ancient past. Skirting around politics, there have to be better solutions than those pursued so far. –Curt

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    • Why just skirting around, why don’t you go for it? in our tour group, there are 5 Americans and they love every minutes of their visit. One of them even said that it’s shame of us to ignore such history and heritage….

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  2. Wow, these are such great shots of Iran. You’re right, it has such lovely architecture, and I see a lot of its structures like the mosque and the bridge have straight and quite sharp edges, making them look very distinct. The landscape is beautiful too, almost something like you would see on a road trip in the US.

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    • Visa is the key to go to Iran. Only a few country that could get visa on arrival. For American, you have to liaise with the Iranian Travel agent to arrange you a visa referemce number so that you can obtain a visa from the local embassy. If you want to I can recommend an Iranian tour agency, or travel with a international tour group.

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  3. I visited Iran (on a work trip) a few years ago and am completely fascinated with the country and the people. It was quite an intense experience, but I have a soft spot for Iran and my friends from there. I’m so glad you go thte opportunity to visit too.

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