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Iran – Shia Muslims, Persian hospitality and beautiful art [Pt2]

…continued from Part 1.

Currency

The official Iranian currency is the Iranian Rial.

However locals and merchants throughout the country still widely cite ‘Toman’ (previous official currency) when transacting. Though they will still tell you the price in Rial if you ask.

RM 1 (One Malaysia Ringgit) = IRR 10,039.52 (10 thousand Rial)

To convert to Toman, simply remove one 0 from the Rial e.g 10,000 rial is 1000 toman.

vice versa, to know what the price is in Rial, simply add a 0.

Alternatively the Euro is also accepted in some touristy places around the country, though I suggest you stick to using their local money for ease of transaction.

Are things cheap in Iran? From my currency to theirs, no it’s not. In fact things are rather expensive.

Public Toilets

I am the kind of traveller whose experience of a country tends to be impacted by my visit to the public restrooms (weirdly enough yes). If it’s unpleasant, it would most probably make me reluctant to go, which isn’t good for me in cases of long travels. In such event I’d resort to a proper place like the shopping mall.

I wasn’t sure what to expect in my trip as we had long bus rides and would stop at gas stations and even random rundown R&R areas for toilet breaks. I would always hesitate a bit. But what did I come to find? Public toilets throughout the country are clean. And not that wet. Even though the toilet was provided with a water pipe, it was relatively dry. I was actually impressed. This may seem trivial but elevating the comfort of any tourist in a country is appreciated.

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Iran – Shia Muslims, Persian hospitality and beautiful art [Pt1)

I went to Iran recently together with my parents on an organised 8 day 6 night trip. I had no idea what to expect before going. While there may be many Iranians residing in Malaysia, it doesn’t tell me much about how their home country is like. And while I may have lived in a country such as Saudi Arabia, I was not sure what it would be like to step into another Islamic country. Here’s my take by category.

Weather

We went in the second week of November and the weather was perfect. Temperatures ranged between 17 degrees celcius during the day to 5 degrees at night/early morning. It was super pleasant, save for the first day where it rained. Otherwise, it was sunny for the most part. It made for beautiful and bright pictures.

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