Against the typical...
Against the typical westerner's opinion, Iran is one of the safest countries of Asia! The only danger is the traffic. Be VERY careful when crossing streets. One life isn't much worth in this country.
Criminality is very low, and the people are really kind. But you have to RESPECT THE LAWS. Make yourself confidential with the strong islamic rules, before you enter the country. DON'T speak with women on the street; never touch a woman; wear long clothing; as a woman always cover your head; don't sit near a woman in the bus; be always kind and respectful towards official people (they are respectful, too); don't photograph any property of the state (i got in trouble with a policeman, because i photographed the train). If you respect the laws, you will stay safe and happy.
If you are not used to warm weather you should be careful specially in summer. Mosquitoes and other insects may give you a warm welcome specially in open areas and marketplaces. You should also be careful about the place where you eat.
Another problem there is the cars. When passing the city streets you should be cautious and fast! The cars won't stop for you to pass by.
I havent any special warnings....
I havent any special warnings. Iran is a very safe country. I just have to say that according to the rules the women should dress modestly when outdoor. Mum was dressed in a coat that went below her knees, jeans and a scarf. In the private homes that we visited the women wear jeans, t-shirts, even miniskirts. ON THE PICTURE YOU SEE HOW MUM WAS DRESSED WHEN SHE WENT OUTDOOR IN IRAN.
DRESS AND BEHAVIORAL CODE OF...
DRESS AND BEHAVIORAL CODE OF ETHIC.
IRAN is Islamic Country. The goverment of Islamic Republic practices strict dress and behavioral code on female appearing in public. All Iranian and foreign females appearing in public should cover their hair and wear a dress that covers the body except the face, toes and hands. No point to cover the HAIR and you are wearing BIKINIS (lol). Men are advised not to wear short sleeves and short trousers, strictly forbidden.
TO NGO'S, PROFFESIONAL WRITTER AND INTELLIGENCE COMUNITY.
My sincere advise, please turn down the instruction from your BOSS to be here on this Monkey Business. If you caught in this game of JAMES BOND, that the Dooms Day for you. Be a good boy/girl during your tour here. They have a sharp memory, to make you *Persona Non Grata * if you are lucky enough, otherwise God bless you.
If you are driving in Iran,...
If you are driving in Iran, there are very few road signs, you may also have to memorise cyrillic numbers to read the signs, sometimes there is no roman alphabet version. A big problem are speed bumps, there are no warning signs and you suddenly just come across them for no apparent reason, keep your eyes peeled for them, they will ruin your suspension, in fact this is the case for the rest of the countries on the road to India, all have terrible speed bumps with no warnings.
Perssonally I didn't feel unsafe in Iran at all. Don't take any books in with photos of women unveiled, magazines, anything, no games allowed, only chess. Obviously no alcohol, or evidence of it. Respect Islam at all times.
If you travel thru the desert...
If you travel thru the desert be sure to carry enough water with you. I tried to freeze a 2 liter bottle overnight so I had cool water till late in the afternoon.
If you go off road or outside the tracks explore the route to make sure you can drive. At certain points the sand is really loose. At one occassion I spent half a day to dig my bike uot of the sand and get it back on track.
Be careful to keep your body...
Be careful to keep your body covered if you are female. However, that can have advantages, as you suddenly become quite anonymous. However, can be very hot in summer.Don't forget to be polite. It is expected from everyone.When I stayed in Teheran, if you wanted to get around, you just had to stand in the street and put out your hand. Someone would stop and give you a lift. However, I never did that alone, but locals seemed to all do it. Not sure about doing that just as a tourist.
I have never lived in any...
I have never lived in any other place where the driving was so dangerous and appalling!This was a common site along some of the intercity roads!
Enghelab Ave., Mousavi, Tehran, Iran
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