A week in Iran


  • May 29, 2013 10:57 PM GMT
    It´s still a lot of time to plan my visit in February (23-2icon_cool.gif 2014, but I want to start the research. I was thinking of staying a couple of days in Teheran and then fly to Kish island. Seems to be an expensive flight and an iranian said it´s not worth it if you are used to the beahes in the west. He said I should rather visit Isfahan or/and Shiraz instead.

    So if I start by asking for good suggestions about accomodation in theese areas that are more of guesthouses or homesays than a 4 star hotel, Where can I find them on the web?

    All kind of info that can come in handy, are welcome! Just send a message - Thanks for your help! / Tom
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    May 29, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
    Go skiing! I read a wonderful book by comedian Dom Joly who went on a tourist hop in the axis of evil.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/feb/24/iran.skiing
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    I'm afraid I can't be of any more specific help than that. Sounds like a great getaway though!
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    May 31, 2013 5:23 PM GMT
    worldwideswede saidIt´s still a lot of time to plan my visit in February (23-2icon_cool.gif 2014, but I want to start the research. I was thinking of staying a couple of days in Teheran and then fly to Kish island. Seems to be an expensive flight and an iranian said it´s not worth it if you are used to the beahes in the west. He said I should rather visit Isfahan or/and Shiraz instead.

    So if I start by asking for good suggestions about accomodation in theese areas that are more of guesthouses or homesays than a 4 star hotel, Where can I find them on the web?

    All kind of info that can come in handy, are welcome! Just send a message - Thanks for your help! / Tom


    That's interesting. I see you are European. I am wondering if travel to Iran is banned by the U.S. government for American citizens. Anybody know?
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    May 31, 2013 5:28 PM GMT
    They execute homosexuals in Iran. Do you have a death wish?
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    May 31, 2013 5:49 PM GMT
    wyrln saidThey execute homosexuals in Iran. Do you have a death wish?


    Right? In fact, they burn gays alive there. Give your tourist dollars to a more deserving country.
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    May 31, 2013 5:51 PM GMT
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    worldwideswede saidIt´s still a lot of time to plan my visit in February (23-2icon_cool.gif 2014, but I want to start the research. I was thinking of staying a couple of days in Teheran and then fly to Kish island. Seems to be an expensive flight and an iranian said it´s not worth it if you are used to the beahes in the west. He said I should rather visit Isfahan or/and Shiraz instead.

    So if I start by asking for good suggestions about accomodation in theese areas that are more of guesthouses or homesays than a 4 star hotel, Where can I find them on the web?

    All kind of info that can come in handy, are welcome! Just send a message - Thanks for your help! / Tom


    That's interesting. I see you are European. I am wondering if travel to Iran is banned by the U.S. government for American citizens. Anybody know?


    According to the state department website, you are "strongly cautioned to reconsider non-essential travel"

    My parents went to Lebanon and Israel which are also both on the caution list. You cannot get into one with a passport that also has stamps from the other, so they each have two.
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    May 31, 2013 6:10 PM GMT
    I lived in Burma for two years as a kid which has one of the world's worst human rights records on the planet; a brutal militaristic dictatorship responsible to murder, rape, forced conscription of its own people.

    I lived in Pakistan for two years as a kid which is a fairly strict majority Muslim country with a questionably stable government.

    I didn't die. As long as you understand and respect a country's culture and are educated, travel in politically volatile countries can be fascinating.
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    May 31, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    I wish one day gays will learn to talk about countries and nations more respectfully as we expect others to be respectful to us, homosexuals!
    Anyway, being from Iran, I'd tell you that it won't be hard to find guesthouses or cheap hotels both in Isfahan or in Shiraz, and it will be really hard to find them on internet. Just believe me, go there, ask a taxi (which is unbelievably cheap) to take you to a guesthouse and not a hotel and he will! You can also try couchsurfing.com to see if there are people willing to host you at their homes. That's an interesting experience!
    I completely agree with the idea that you'd better visit Isfahan or Shiraz instead of Kish island. Well, i won't be in Iran then or I might be able to help more.
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    May 31, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    you should definitely visit Shiraz, and see if you can visit Persepolis ruins. They are amazing. Ive been to Iran 4 times.
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    May 31, 2013 6:30 PM GMT
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    CallMeAnytime said
    worldwideswede saidIt´s still a lot of time to plan my visit in February (23-2icon_cool.gif 2014, but I want to start the research. I was thinking of staying a couple of days in Teheran and then fly to Kish island. Seems to be an expensive flight and an iranian said it´s not worth it if you are used to the beahes in the west. He said I should rather visit Isfahan or/and Shiraz instead.

    So if I start by asking for good suggestions about accomodation in theese areas that are more of guesthouses or homesays than a 4 star hotel, Where can I find them on the web?

    All kind of info that can come in handy, are welcome! Just send a message - Thanks for your help! / Tom


    That's interesting. I see you are European. I am wondering if travel to Iran is banned by the U.S. government for American citizens. Anybody know?


    According to the state department website, you are "strongly cautioned to reconsider non-essential travel"

    My parents went to Lebanon and Israel which are also both on the caution list. You cannot get into one with a passport that also has stamps from the other, so they each have two.


    Yeah but lol he's Swedish... What good is our state dept website to him?
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    May 31, 2013 7:25 PM GMT
    blueandgold said
    NJShiftyJK said
    CallMeAnytime said

    That's interesting. I see you are European. I am wondering if travel to Iran is banned by the U.S. government for American citizens. Anybody know?


    According to the state department website, you are "strongly cautioned to reconsider non-essential travel"

    My parents went to Lebanon and Israel which are also both on the caution list. You cannot get into one with a passport that also has stamps from the other, so they each have two.


    Yeah but lol he's Swedish... What good is our state dept website to him?


    I saw that, but I was answering CallMeAnytime.
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    May 31, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    wyrln saidThey execute homosexuals in Iran. Do you have a death wish?


    Right? In fact, they burn gays alive there. Give your tourist dollars to a more deserving country.


    + a revolution might start every minute
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    May 31, 2013 7:33 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    wyrln saidThey execute homosexuals in Iran. Do you have a death wish?


    Right? In fact, they burn gays alive there. Give your tourist dollars to a more deserving country.


    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/13/iraq-gays-murdered-militias
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    May 31, 2013 7:38 PM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_by_country_or_territory

    I wonder how you get charged with and punished for homosexuality.
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    May 31, 2013 7:41 PM GMT
    I don't think OP's gonna be running round with a rainbow flag...
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    May 31, 2013 7:43 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    wyrln saidThey execute homosexuals in Iran. Do you have a death wish?


    Right? In fact, they burn gays alive there. Give your tourist dollars to a more deserving country.


    Like the U.S., for example, which has used nuclear weapons, cluster bombs, napalm, proxy guerrilla militias, NGO's, armed forces, mercenaries, armed drones, and various other militaristic/destabilizing instruments and strategies to terrorize/murder tens of millions for several decades?

    Hmm. Undeserving indeed! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 31, 2013 8:25 PM GMT
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    Scruffypup said
    wyrln saidThey execute homosexuals in Iran. Do you have a death wish?


    Right? In fact, they burn gays alive there. Give your tourist dollars to a more deserving country.


    Like the U.S., for example, which has used nuclear weapons, cluster bombs, napalm, proxy guerrilla militias, NGO's, armed forces, mercenaries, armed drones, and various other militaristic/destabilizing instruments and strategies to terrorize/murder tens of millions for several decades?

    Hmm. Undeserving indeed!
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    Or Canada, which has all kinds of nice ways to treat its people.

    Unless you are a baby seal.

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    Or a Ukrainian internee in WW1.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_Canadian_internment

    Or a Japanese internee during the WW2 era.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Canadian_internment

    Or any of a number of the First Nations peoples who may have been displaced.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/05/09/mb-united-nations-aboriginal-canada.html

    Of course, the USA ain't exactly sweetness and light in the above two examples, but hey, no nation is perfect.

    And our military barbarity is mostly in response to a military-industrial complex with a need to keep our economy from completely rupturing on its own stupidity, while working to keep the jihadis and the batshit-insane Shi'a Twelvers in check, and forestalling (if not preventing) the Israelis from turning the region into a glass parking lot.

    So in short, plenty of human shittiness to go around in all quarters and in any era.

    I'd say if you must go to Shi'a Central, make nice with the natives, and keep your Grindr turned off.
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    May 31, 2013 8:56 PM GMT
    For a surprising and unexpectedly beautiful side of Iran, I would go to the provinces of Mazandaran or Gilan. They're on the other side of the mountains to the north of Teheran, and except for parts of Gilan, not that remote.

    Then again you're going in the winter and only for a few days, so I would hit Isfahan & Shiraz as you suggested, and also Persepolis, to get the most without the weather becoming an issue.

    Can't give you any help about hotels and accomodations tho'. Isn't there a TV show where Rick Steeves goes to Iran as a tourist?

  • Jun 15, 2013 10:16 PM GMT
    Thanks to all people who actually answered my questions. I will go on with my planning and I am looking forward to my visit. It was extra interesting to follow the election result in Iran today. I will follow the work of Hassan Rohani with the biggest interest as it is said that he wants Iran to open up for a better relationship with the West.
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    Jun 16, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
    There are so many amazing places in the world like Manhattan and you want to go to Iran...you hurt my feelings bro.
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    Jun 16, 2013 9:26 PM GMT
    We gon miss you.

  • Jun 18, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    To AngelW_1223...

    icon_biggrin.gif I will celebrate my birthday on Manhattan in December so I hope you are already feeling better.


    To EuphoricDange...

    Do you know me? If you want to get to know me...I maybe need a bodyguard on Manhattan in December...then you can miss me when I am leaving.
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    Jun 18, 2013 7:35 PM GMT
    AngelW_1223 saidThere are so many amazing places in the world like Manhattan and you want to go to Iran...you hurt my feelings bro.



    this is the saddest post so far
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    Jun 27, 2013 7:24 PM GMT
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    AngelW_1223 saidThere are so many amazing places in the world like Manhattan and you want to go to Iran...you hurt my feelings bro.



    this is the saddest post so far


    Ok skank.
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    Jun 29, 2013 3:55 PM GMT
    Kish Island is beautiful and I think it was BBC that rated the Caspian sea as one of the best to surf.