15 Facts You Need to Know Before Traveling to Iran
There are some facts you need to know before traveling to Iran. These facts are about the true face of Iran and some tips helping you to have a better experience in Iran.
1. Iranians are NOT Arab
Iranians and Arabs are two different ethnics. So, our language is NOT Arabic and we speak Persian (a.k.a. Farsi). But the majority of people who live in Iran are Muslim and people say their prayer in Arabic. Also, some of our fellow countrymen live in the southwest of Iran in Khuzestan province speak their own Arabic. Different ethnics such as Turks and Kurds live in Iran, too.
2. IRAN or IRAQ?
IRAN is NOT IRAQ. They are two different countries and they are neighbors. Iraq is in the west of Iran. There was an eight-year war between the countries during 1980-1988.
3. Is it safe to travel to Iran?
Iran is not safe to travel. My parents worried and warned me when I told them I want to fo go Iran. These are the statements I have heard from some tourists, especially the young ones. I assure you Iran is completely safe and there is no war and bombing here. Just watch the video Don’t Go to Iran to have a clear understanding of what is going on here.
4. Women have to wear black veil
Black veil, chadur or whatever you’ve heard is not mandatory in Iran. Just some women who care so much about their Hijab wear it. As long as you dress modestly and do not show so much skin, it is ok. A scarf or shawl to cover some part of your hair is enough. The photo below might help you to have a better understanding.
5. Iran is just a desert and nothing to see
Wrong :). Iran is one the oldest civilizations in the world and has a lot to offer. As a four-season country, you can go skiing in Tehran and at the same time fly to South to enjoy the sunny weather. Also, there are famous deserts such as Mesr, Vazaneh, and Maranjab in the center. There are forests in North and many historical and archeological sites such as Persepolis, Hasan-i Sabah Castle, and so on.
So, don’t hesitate to plan your trip to Iran. You can ask us for help.