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Iran - Living in the Darkness Society

If you dream want to see non touristic places, watch and meet hospitable people plus share their life story, consider Iran is your option. While you will see rarely tourists, difficult to get visa and politic tensions, are the challenge traveling to here. When you walking down the street people pointing at you and talking each others, foreigner tourist is one of big attraction here.

This is fact about Iran today:

1. Is it Safe? Well,.. I did hitchhiking, couchsurfing, slept with hospitable local people, talking about family and their life, have a dinner with them, every stop in one place you would be offered ‘Chai’ and sweet bread. Sometimes you never get it all in other country.

2. Don’t talk about social issues, politics, unless they are opening it all first. Usually young people are like to talk this subject because they wanted to know perception from foreigner about their country and mostly they are government hatters.

3. Surprisingly public transport, public toilet, parks are very good and clean. (Sometimes I slept in a park when sun is hot and meet Iranian holidaymaker and spent good times).

4. Money is the most stupid confusing here, we don’t know when we talking about money are in Rial or Toman, while mostly bazar, hotel and restaurant they answer the price in Toman, while the money you keep are in Rial currency. Simple, just add more 0 (nol) in end of nominal it could be rial, for example: the price is 10.000 toman, it means 100.000 in rial.

5. For woman hijab is compulsory. No matter what religion you are.

6. In a big city, every 10 meters walking you will see bank and ATM, consider Iran is the greatest bank branches in the world, but it’s all useless if you using money card, credit card, travel cheque. Bring cash a lot when you come to Iran. Use black market money exchange when you change money, the rate is better than official bank.

7. Still plenty of places not maintained by government, so you will have free entry to many beautiful places in Iran without ticket.

8. For US Citizen traveller, still have to accompanied by tour agency if you traveling here.

9. Visa extension is easy to get it in every big city. Including: Tehran, Shiraz, Esfahan, and Mashhad.

Meet Iranian are the most fun and interesting here, this are questions you should answer:

1. “Are you on facebook?” well without know each other, suddenly they ask it. This question show you how friendly, open and they want to have good relationship with foreigner. Honestly, social media websites are blocked here.

2. “How/what do you think about Iran?”. Be careful with your answer you have to have smart answer to them, this question means that “how care are you” to their life and current social issue. Young people and old people have different meaning about this question. While young mostly are government hatters, and old people they just curious to you why you traveling to this country. Better you talking traveling story with them, your experience living on other country much better and its make them happy.

Itinerary (all prices I convert to USD here)

- In Tehran I stayed in Mashhad Hotel, for 4 days it’s the cheapest one in the town, only US$6/night. Located in Amir kabir st, south of Tehran. Close to metro station

- I took night bus to Sanandaj 8 hours US$9. Stayed in hedayat hotel US$25. After I met local and I stayed with local people for several days, I continued to negel – ouraman – marivan and back to sandandaj – palangan – sanandaj. Accommodation with local people and tent, for transport I did hitchhiking. I spent 1 week in this beautiful kordestan area, people are extremely hospitable and want to help you whatever you want.

- Bus to Esfahan US$9, 8 hours. In Esfahan I stayed in Iran hotel, people recommend to stay at Amir kabir hostel, but so many problem there, the receptionist will report you to the police and police start to interrogate you. I stayed one night in hotel, one night Couchsurfing. Totally the city sightseeing itself can be done only 3 days.

- Bus to Yazd 5 hours US$5, here I’m staying in Couchsurfing local people for couple days.

- for other city Still in progress…..

I’m still traveling here. This are photo gallery report in my traveling experience here, thank you I appreciate for comments and votes.
 flags and sunset - Yazd
flags and sunset - Yazd
3D photo and hand - sanandaj
3D photo and hand - sanandaj
07:00 PM - Esfahan
07:00 PM - Esfahan
a balloon - tehran
a balloon - tehran
Book - Palangan
Book - Palangan
a bread - tehran
a bread - tehran
10:30 am - Tehran
10:30 am - Tehran
a glasses - sanandaj
a glasses - sanandaj
a guy - Sanandaj
a guy - Sanandaj
hole - Esfahan
hole - Esfahan
a prayers - Kashtar
a prayers - Kashtar
profile from kordestan  - sanandaj
profile from kordestan - sanandaj
a red light - Esfahan
a red light - Esfahan
Rials - Sanandaj
Rials - Sanandaj
a robot - sanandaj
a robot - sanandaj
wall - Tehran
wall - Tehran
a wide smile - sanandaj
a wide smile - sanandaj
adidas - tehran
adidas - tehran
alley outside imam square - Esfahan
alley outside imam square - Esfahan
amir kabir street - theran
amir kabir street - theran
another Iran flag - tehran
another Iran flag - tehran
armenian church - tehran
armenian church - tehran
artist - Sanandaj
artist - Sanandaj
ATM - Tehran
ATM - Tehran
azadi square - Sanandaj
azadi square - Sanandaj
baby with headband - Sanandaj
baby with headband - Sanandaj
ball - Negel
ball - Negel
beef kabab - Esfahan
beef kabab - Esfahan
bicycle and khaju bridge - Esfahan
bicycle and khaju bridge - Esfahan
bird - Esfahan
bird - Esfahan
black and blue - tehran
black and blue - tehran
blue kid - Yazd
blue kid - Yazd
blue lizard -Palangan
blue lizard -Palangan
blue park - Tehran
blue park - Tehran
blue sky with mosque - tehran
blue sky with mosque - tehran
blue van - Yazd
blue van - Yazd
three boys - Palangan
three boys - Palangan
boy and ice cream - Esfahan
boy and ice cream - Esfahan
bricks - Palangan
bricks - Palangan
boys - Sanandaj
boys - Sanandaj
boys on 3D glasses - Sanandaj
boys on 3D glasses - Sanandaj
boys with book - Palangan
boys with book - Palangan
bridge and hotel - Esfahan
bridge and hotel - Esfahan
bronze spear heads - sanandaj
bronze spear heads - sanandaj
building and traffic lights - Sanandaj
building and traffic lights - Sanandaj
bus stop - tehran
bus stop - tehran
bussy afternoon - Tehran
bussy afternoon - Tehran
caricature - sanandaj
caricature - sanandaj
chess in the park - Esfahan
chess in the park - Esfahan
chicken grill - Esfahan
chicken grill - Esfahan
chicken kabab - sanandaj
chicken kabab - sanandaj
children - Negel
children - Negel
cinema building - tehran
cinema building - tehran
city bus - tehran
city bus - tehran
city lights - Esfahan
city lights - Esfahan
city scene - Tehran
city scene - Tehran
coke - Esfahan
coke - Esfahan
colorful waterfall - sanandaj
colorful waterfall - sanandaj
common turkey - Tehran
common turkey - Tehran
cool guy - Sanandaj
cool guy - Sanandaj
couple - Esfahan
couple - Esfahan
courious - kashtar
courious - kashtar
couple sightseeing - sanandaj
couple sightseeing - sanandaj
crowded in bus stop - tehran
crowded in bus stop - tehran
couples in the park - tehran
couples in the park - tehran
a curly hair - negel
a curly hair - negel
Darius I statue - Tehran
Darius I statue - Tehran
DHL in tehran
DHL in tehran
dear khomeini - tehran
dear khomeini - tehran
dome imam mosque - Esfahan
dome imam mosque - Esfahan
donation box - Tehran
donation box - Tehran
donation letter - Esfahan
donation letter - Esfahan
donkey - negel
donkey - negel
donkey again - Palangan
donkey again - Palangan
down with the U.S.A - tehran
down with the U.S.A - tehran
drink - Esfahan
drink - Esfahan
elder - tehran
elder - tehran
empty road - sanandaj
empty road - sanandaj
elders in wallpaint - Yazd
elders in wallpaint - Yazd
empty alley - Yazd
empty alley - Yazd
Esfahan souvenier 1 - Esfahan
Esfahan souvenier 1 - Esfahan
empty playground - tehran
empty playground - tehran
family photo - Esfahan
family photo - Esfahan
Esfahan Souvenier (2) - Esfahan
Esfahan Souvenier (2) - Esfahan
farsi in yellow banner- Sanandaj
farsi in yellow banner- Sanandaj
fasten seat belt - negel
fasten seat belt - negel
afternoon in ferdosi street - Sanandaj
afternoon in ferdosi street - Sanandaj
ferrari - tehran
ferrari - tehran
first class lounge - Sharjah (UAE)
first class lounge - Sharjah (UAE)
five poses - negel
five poses - negel
flip-flops - Esfahan
flip-flops - Esfahan
flyer (2) - Sanandaj
flyer (2) - Sanandaj
fluit seller - tehran
fluit seller - tehran
flyer in farsi language - tehran
flyer in farsi language - tehran
lunch preparation - Sanandaj
lunch preparation - Sanandaj
food shop corner - Esfahan
food shop corner - Esfahan
flyer (1) - Sanandaj
flyer (1) - Sanandaj
food stuffs - Palangan
food stuffs - Palangan
fort of lions - Yazd
fort of lions - Yazd
fountain - Esfahan
fountain - Esfahan
from city - tehran
from city - tehran
funerary skeleton - sanandaj
funerary skeleton - sanandaj
games shop - Sanandaj
games shop - Sanandaj
GAP - Esfahan
GAP - Esfahan
General Khomeini photo - tehran
General Khomeini photo - tehran
General Khomeini photo (2) - tehran
General Khomeini photo (2) - tehran
girl running - Negel
girl running - Negel
girls - negel
girls - negel
hag bar - marivan
hag bar - marivan
girls and notebook - Esfahan
girls and notebook - Esfahan
hasht bahesht park alley - Esfahan
hasht bahesht park alley - Esfahan
girls and iran flag - Palangan
girls and iran flag - Palangan
headcache - Tehran
headcache - Tehran
hejab - Esfahan
hejab - Esfahan
hitchiking - negel to byakara
hitchiking - negel to byakara
horse-drawn - Esfahan
horse-drawn - Esfahan
hejab woman and imam square dome- Esfahan
hejab woman and imam square dome- Esfahan
hospitable guy - tehran
hospitable guy - tehran
hejabs - tehran
hejabs - tehran
ice cream - Esfahan
ice cream - Esfahan
imam square view - Esfahan
imam square view - Esfahan
ice cream 33 - Esfahan
ice cream 33 - Esfahan
Imam Khomeni Mosque - Tehran
Imam Khomeni Mosque - Tehran
ice cream vendor - Esfahan
ice cream vendor - Esfahan
imam hussein alley - Esfahan
imam hussein alley - Esfahan
in the alley - Palangan
in the alley - Palangan
injured - Esfahan
injured - Esfahan
inside golestan palace - tehran
inside golestan palace - tehran
inside Negel Mosque
inside Negel Mosque
interview (2) - Esfahan
interview (2) - Esfahan
inside prayroom - Sanandaj
inside prayroom - Sanandaj
Iran Flag - Tehran
Iran Flag - Tehran
inside showroom - marivan
inside showroom - marivan
inside taxi - tehran
inside taxi - tehran
Iran tourist office - tehran
Iran tourist office - tehran
IranAir- Sanandaj
IranAir- Sanandaj
interview (1) - Esfahan
interview (1) - Esfahan
iran-kordestan young ladies - Palangan
iran-kordestan young ladies - Palangan
its all about Iran - Yazd
its all about Iran - Yazd
jammeh mosque dome - Yazd
jammeh mosque dome - Yazd
jewelleries - tehran
jewelleries - tehran
kabab lover - sanandaj
kabab lover - sanandaj
kashtar rest house
kashtar rest house
kabab shop - Esfahan
kabab shop - Esfahan
Kashtar village boys
Kashtar village boys
kababers - sanandaj
kababers - sanandaj
Khomeini and his Soldiers photo - tehran
Khomeini and his Soldiers photo - tehran
kashtar village
kashtar village
KIA - Yazd
KIA - Yazd
kids - Palangan
kids - Palangan
kordestan pants - Negel
kordestan pants - Negel
kids in the pool - Esfahan
kids in the pool - Esfahan
kordestan woman - sanandaj
kordestan woman - sanandaj
kids playground - Esfahan
kids playground - Esfahan
kordestans - negel
kordestans - negel
kids with lion fort wall behind - Yazd
kids with lion fort wall behind - Yazd
kurd statue and security guard - Sanandaj
kurd statue and security guard - Sanandaj
lights in Eslami square - Esfahan
lights in Eslami square - Esfahan
light inside mosque - Negel
light inside mosque - Negel
lost in though - Tehran
lost in though - Tehran
lump sugar - Sanandaj
lump sugar - Sanandaj
lunch time - kashtar
lunch time - kashtar
magazines - Esfahan
magazines - Esfahan
man and taxi - tehran
man and taxi - tehran
man bathroom - Sanandaj
man bathroom - Sanandaj
man behind computer - Esfahan
man behind computer - Esfahan
man outside - sanandaj
man outside - sanandaj
man sleeping - Yazd
man sleeping - Yazd
man smoking - tehran
man smoking - tehran
man walking - tehran
man walking - tehran
man working - Yazd
man working - Yazd
manager - marivan
manager - marivan
mannequin - Esfahan
mannequin - Esfahan
men inside glassroom - Sanandaj
men inside glassroom - Sanandaj
mannequin - Yazd
mannequin - Yazd
men talking - Esfahan
men talking - Esfahan
mannequin - sanandaj
mannequin - sanandaj
micky mouse - Negel
micky mouse - Negel
modern city - tehran
modern city - tehran
modern Valiasr street mall - tehran
modern Valiasr street mall - tehran
mom and baby - tehran
mom and baby - tehran
moon at zorostrian cemetery - Yazd
moon at zorostrian cemetery - Yazd
modern ladies - sanandaj
modern ladies - sanandaj
mosque under construction - Esfahan
mosque under construction - Esfahan
mosquito net - Sanandaj
mosquito net - Sanandaj
mother and daughter - Esfahan
mother and daughter - Esfahan
mosque, flags, and hejab - Esfahan
mosque, flags, and hejab - Esfahan
mother wisdom - tehran
mother wisdom - tehran
motorbike and farsi - Yazd
motorbike and farsi - Yazd
mountain in kashtar
mountain in kashtar
mountain in kashtar (2)
mountain in kashtar (2)
munida in Mosque - negel
munida in Mosque - negel
museum photo sesion - tehran
museum photo sesion - tehran
Negel Quran in quaranten - negel
Negel Quran in quaranten - negel
Negel mosque
Negel mosque
nap in mosque - Yazd
nap in mosque - Yazd
Negel village (2)
Negel village (2)
Negel village and mosque
Negel village and mosque
newspapers - Tehran
newspapers - Tehran
night at si-o-seh bridge - Esfahan
night at si-o-seh bridge - Esfahan
notice - tehran
notice - tehran
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NSH_2187.jpg
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man with stick - Palangan
man with stick - Palangan
old branches - Yazd
old branches - Yazd
old car - tehran
old car - tehran
old man- Palangan
old man- Palangan
old city advertisment - tehran
old city advertisment - tehran
old car - Yazd
old car - Yazd
on the way to byakara
on the way to byakara
people outside bazar - tehran
people outside bazar - tehran
outside Metro station - Tehran
outside Metro station - Tehran
owurahman puzzle village
owurahman puzzle village
palangan alley
palangan alley
Portrait Palangan young lady
Portrait Palangan young lady
park and blue sky - Tehran
park and blue sky - Tehran
Palangan Village
Palangan Village
palangan-kamyaran highway
palangan-kamyaran highway
PARSI cola - sanandaj
PARSI cola - sanandaj
pdstr-crossing - Tehran
pdstr-crossing - Tehran
peace. - Sanandaj
peace. - Sanandaj
people and bridge - Esfahan
people and bridge - Esfahan
people and mosque - tehran
people and mosque - tehran
people crossing se-o seh bridge - Esfahan
people crossing se-o seh bridge - Esfahan
afternoon in se-o-seh bridge - esfahan
afternoon in se-o-seh bridge - esfahan
people in a park - esfahan
people in a park - esfahan
pepsi and imam photo - Esfahan
pepsi and imam photo - Esfahan
people photo - Yazd
people photo - Yazd
persian cat - sanandaj
persian cat - sanandaj
persian lady - tehran
persian lady - tehran
phone - Esfahan
phone - Esfahan
photo sesion inside square - Esfahan
photo sesion inside square - Esfahan
photographer - Esfahan
photographer - Esfahan
phones - Tehran
phones - Tehran
photographer - Sanandaj
photographer - Sanandaj
phone - Sanandaj
phone - Sanandaj
picture of Imam - Tehran
picture of Imam - Tehran
pillow and brooms - Yazd
pillow and brooms - Yazd
pink - negel
pink - negel
portait Kordestan - Sanandaj
portait Kordestan - Sanandaj
portrait lady - Palangan
portrait lady - Palangan
portrait palangan woman
portrait palangan woman
portrait with babydoll - Sanandaj
portrait with babydoll - Sanandaj
portrait with smile - Palangan
portrait with smile - Palangan
poster outside golestan palace - tehran
poster outside golestan palace - tehran
proud young soldier with khomeini photo- tehran
proud young soldier with khomeini photo- tehran
public phone - tehran
public phone - tehran
puzzle village - negel
puzzle village - negel
rest in park - tehran
rest in park - tehran
rockmelons - Sanandaj
rockmelons - Sanandaj
roofs kashtar village - Palangan
roofs kashtar village - Palangan
roof view of bazar - tehran
roof view of bazar - tehran
Sabrina with glasses - Yazd
Sabrina with glasses - Yazd
Saint and swords - Negel
Saint and swords - Negel
sanandaj city view
sanandaj city view
school girls - Palangan
school girls - Palangan
sanandaj at night
sanandaj at night
sanandaj afternoon
sanandaj afternoon
seven breads - Yazd
seven breads - Yazd
shade and woman passing - Yazd
shade and woman passing - Yazd
school girls (2) - Palangan
school girls (2) - Palangan
shop - Esfahan
shop - Esfahan
sibling - Yazd
sibling - Yazd
sight seeing khaju bridge - Esfahan
sight seeing khaju bridge - Esfahan
Si-O-Seh bridge notice - Esfahan
Si-O-Seh bridge notice - Esfahan
small kabab shop - sanandaj
small kabab shop - sanandaj
smile from palangan
smile from palangan
smile Munida - Negel
smile Munida - Negel
soldier praying - tehran
soldier praying - tehran
so would you marry me?. - tehran
so would you marry me?. - tehran
soldiers photo Iran-Iraq war - tehran
soldiers photo Iran-Iraq war - tehran
sony in farsi - Esfahan
sony in farsi - Esfahan
stones circle - Palangan
stones circle - Palangan
street crosser - Tehran
street crosser - Tehran
sunrise - Tehran
sunrise - Tehran
street crossing in Amir Chakhmaq - Yazd
street crossing in Amir Chakhmaq - Yazd
sunrise behind road sign  - Tehran
sunrise behind road sign - Tehran
sunset - Esfahan
sunset - Esfahan
sunset - Yazd
sunset - Yazd
sunset on a bridge - Esfahan
sunset on a bridge - Esfahan
super driver - Negel
super driver - Negel
sunset Zayandeh river - Esfahan
sunset Zayandeh river - Esfahan
sweets from Sanandaj
sweets from Sanandaj
taxi - Sanandaj
taxi - Sanandaj
terminator - sanandaj
terminator - sanandaj
tehran traffic
tehran traffic
TAXi - tehran
TAXi - tehran
three hejabs - Tehran
three hejabs - Tehran
three tourist on the hill - Yazd
three tourist on the hill - Yazd
tired shopkeeper - Sanandaj
tired shopkeeper - Sanandaj
three vs three - Esfahan
three vs three - Esfahan
top notch lab - Esfahan
top notch lab - Esfahan
tourist police - Esfahan
tourist police - Esfahan
towel - Yazd
towel - Yazd
town scene in morning - Negel
town scene in morning - Negel
traffic police - Tehran
traffic police - Tehran
triangle adds - Esfahan
triangle adds - Esfahan
two abscent faces - sanandaj
two abscent faces - sanandaj
two boys - negel
two boys - negel
two faces - Esfahan
two faces - Esfahan
two farmers - negel
two farmers - negel
two hejabs - Esfahan
two hejabs - Esfahan
two kids in playground - Yazd
two kids in playground - Yazd
two prayers - sanandaj
two prayers - sanandaj
two tourist polices - Esfahan
two tourist polices - Esfahan
two white cars - Yazd
two white cars - Yazd
under the bridge - Esfahan
under the bridge - Esfahan
US Den of Espionage - tehran
US Den of Espionage - tehran
vanak cafe - Esfahan
vanak cafe - Esfahan
village and the hill - owurahman
village and the hill - owurahman
US Flag and Liberty - tehran
US Flag and Liberty - tehran
village from top mountain
village from top mountain
VIP - Sanandaj
VIP - Sanandaj
visa  mastercard in Iran????. - Yazd
visa mastercard in Iran????. - Yazd
waiting - Yazd
waiting - Yazd
walk signal - Esfahan
walk signal - Esfahan
wall and motorbike - Yazd
wall and motorbike - Yazd
wallpaint - Negel
wallpaint - Negel
wallpaint again - negel
wallpaint again - negel
weird day - Sanandaj
weird day - Sanandaj
WC - Esfahan
WC - Esfahan
welcome to palangan
welcome to palangan
white board - Tehran
white board - Tehran
white shirt - sanandaj
white shirt - sanandaj
portrait with granpa - negel
portrait with granpa - negel
white turban - Sanandaj
white turban - Sanandaj
with my own two hands - sanandaj
with my own two hands - sanandaj
woman and peugeot 206 - Yazd
woman and peugeot 206 - Yazd
woman in blue - Palangan
woman in blue - Palangan
woman in hejab - tehran
woman in hejab - tehran
woman on top - Yazd
woman on top - Yazd
woman smoking - Tehran
woman smoking - Tehran
X - Esfahan
X - Esfahan
YAABALFAZL - Yazd
YAABALFAZL - Yazd
Yazd old city alley
Yazd old city alley
yellow dress - negel
yellow dress - negel
yellow taxi - Yazd
yellow taxi - Yazd
Zarivar lake - marivan
Zarivar lake - marivan
zorostrian temple - Yazd
zorostrian temple - Yazd
a ball - yazd
a ball - yazd
baby and parent - yazd
baby and parent - yazd
city ruins - yazd
city ruins - yazd
three statues - yazd
three statues - yazd
hi dad, i'm okayy..
hi dad, i'm okayy..
penalty - Yazd
penalty - Yazd
colorful ice-cream - Yazd
colorful ice-cream - Yazd
silks - yazd
silks - yazd
sisha - yazd
sisha - yazd
a goalkeeper - yazd
a goalkeeper - yazd
little terminator - yazd
little terminator - yazd
chai - Yazd
chai - Yazd
baby on wagon - Yazd
baby on wagon - Yazd
silvia - yazd
silvia - yazd
iran fresh dates - yazd
iran fresh dates - yazd
three boys - yazd
three boys - yazd