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Posted 22 Jan, 2014 | Posted in: Iran, Newsletter 2, Travel Blogs | 207 Comments

If you’ve ever travelled in, or around Iran, then you’ve experienced or heard the rumours about the people. Countless travellers rave about their hospitality and their generous, genuine nature. But are the Iranians really as nice as people say? We spent 31 days here and we’ve definitely formed our own opinion.

“Everywhere has friendly people, but wait til you go to Iran!”

– Canadian traveller and friend

Friendly People Of Iran

From the moment we entered Iran, a few things were clear. The Iranians are very curious about foreigners. Almost immediately after crossing the border from Turkmenistan, we were greeted warmly by local people on the street yelling: “Welcome to Iran!”. People in Iran have three main questions that they want to ask visitors right away, and they usually go in this order:

1. Where are you from?

2. What is your religion?

3. What do you think about Iran?

If the conversation carries on, Iranians will be genuinely interested in your family, your education, your beliefs and your stance on Iranian politics, customs and ceremonies. People who approach you on the street in Iran are very rarely hoping for business and almost always sincerely interested in you and your perspective on their country.

Questioned On My Thoughts Of Iran

“You don’t even need to book a hotel in Iran, just stand on the street with a perplexed look on your face and a local family will invite you into their home.”

– Danish Traveller We Met In Uzbekistan

While I wouldn’t rely on this completely, it is probably true in Iran. The minute you pull out a map, someone is there to help you. Often if you look thirsty, someone will invite you in for tea and it only takes about 3 minutes of honest conversation before your new Iranian friend will offer up their home, their table, and their life in hopes of making you feel welcome. Granting hospitality to foreigners is deeply ingrained in the Iranian culture and they feel very embarrassed about how they are portrayed in the media.

Friendly People In Iran

Do you believe the news that says that Iranians are all terrorists and extremists?”

– Iranian man we met at Persepolis, Iran (met for 3 minutes)

Iranians are well aware of the media coverage they receive abroad and they are appalled by it. They know who they are and it is pure discrimination of press that causes westerners to gasp when you mention travel to Iran. Iranians are a proud people, who stand for what they believe in and have made great changes in government and human rights throughout their history. The current state is still a work in progress, and the locals often express their pride for their nation and in the same breath, disapprove of certain government policies.

What do people think?

People think of Iranians as Arabs. They’re not.

People think that bombs go off in Iran. They never do.

People think that Iranians are terrorists. You’d be hard pressed to find one outside of sketchy border areas.

People think that Iranians hate the West. They don’t. Some hate Americans and if you look at their history, you’ll see why.

friends in iran
Our Friends In Esfahan

“You’ll never get ripped off in Iran”

– Random Traveller

Here is where you have to be careful entering Iran. It is true, there is less petty crime and bad business deals done here, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. Iranians are humans, living in a developing nation and the same precautions should be taken while travelling here as anywhere else in the world. While the regular local population is completely genuine, loving and trustworthy, Taxi drivers, tour guides and business owners are still out to make a buck.

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Not All Hotel Owners Are Con-Artists. Mr. Akhavan Is The Real Deal, A Truly Great Man.

“Always confirm your price 3 times in Iran or you may have discrepancies when it comes to payment time”

-Goats On The Road

If there is one flaw in the impeccable character and hospitality in Iran, it is the shortcomings in making an honest deal. This isn’t to say that everyone is going to try to get a little extra, but beware that people in businesses sometimes give you a price and then expect more at the end. Be sure that you make your price VERY clear and never give in and pay more than originally agreed upon.

Iranian Taxi Driver: “You are such a nice man, no need to pay”

Spanish Traveller: “Okay, thanks!”

This is a huge mistake in Iran. There is a rule here called Taroof which is a very complex system of saving face. Taroof dictates that gifts and services are offered even if the person offering can’t afford it.  To avoid loosing face, one should deny an offer 3 times, which gives the person who’s offering ample time to back out. This helps to make his generosity seem truly genuine, even if he couldn’t afford it in the first place.

Sound confusing? It is!

While this social game is less in existence now than in the past, taxi drivers and bazaaris (shop-owners) will often still offer to give their services and products away for free. If a person accepts this offer without following the unspoken truce of Taroof, it is extremely bad form. Taroof is a landmine of social taboos for those who don’t understand it.

Nice Iranians

“Travellers had raved so much about the people that we set the bar too high and let our guard down”

– Our English Friends who had $200 stolen by a taxi driver

We have had amazing experiences with the people here and they TRULY are the most friendly people we’ve encountered in travel. We feel safe 100% of the time because 99.9% of Iranians are always looking out for us and trying to make sure that nothing but good things happen to us while we’re in Iran. We’ve been invited into numerous homes and we stayed with a local couple in Esfahan, but there are, like everywhere in the world, people who are desperate or corrupt and will try to steal from you. There are just a lot fewer here than in other places we visit.

“Iranians aren’t even religious. There’s booze in all of the shops. They party and drink and smoke pot”

– Norwegian traveller hell-bent on smashing our misconceptions of Iran. This is of course bullshit.

What this traveller was trying to tell us is that not everyone in Iran is a conservative Muslim, and this is absolutely true. We met people of all walks of life and all different religions. We met Bahá’í, Christians, Muslims, Zoroastrians and even non-religious people with very similar views to us. One thing is for certain, the dress outside is a government-forced facade in most cases and most people in Iran would dress entirely different if they were allowed.

When you enter an Iranian home in Iran, you’ll probably see the women wearing a tank top and shorts.

Imam Reza Shrine
Not Religious? Men & Women Still Sob At Imam Hossein’s Shrine. A Saint Who Died 1300 Years Ago.

For some reason, travellers have taken it upon themselves to spread the word about the misconceptions of Iran. We ourselves, love to explain to people how safe Iran is and how amazing the people here are, because it’s true. But as travellers, and bloggers, we also feel the need to tell people both sides. Travellers we met before coming here were so determined to break other people ideas of Iran, that they often put them at a super human level. Positivity turned to exaggerations which turned into complete lies. In reality, the majority of the population are conservative muslims, booze is not easy to find for travellers (locals tend to know where to get it), there still are con-artists here, and locals won’t jump in front of a car to save your life.

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“Are Iranians really as nice as people say?”

“Absolutely, YES!”

– Goats On The Road

One thing is for sure, the people in Iran are the most hospitable we’ve ever come across in our travels, rivalled only by eastern Turkey and western Egypt. But it is still important to follow your gut while travelling and always be a little cautious. Never let your guard down completely and you will have a great time in Iran. It is one of the most underrated and misunderstood places on the planet, so let’s help people understand it by explaining it honestly. It’s such a phenomenal place, that there is no need to exaggerate.

Have you ever been to Iran? Please share your experiences you had with the local people! Comment below.

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207 thoughts on “Iranians: Are They Really As Nice As People Say?

  1. Thanks for a balanced and nuanced answer to this question. Taroof sounds like a nightmare, and I think it could potentially really piss me off after a while, but otherwise, Iran sounds like a wonderful place to visit…though still not too sure how I’d feel as a gay man there.

    1. Ya, taroof can be a bit of a hassle sometimes, but you get used to it pretty quickly. It is a wonderful place to visit and there are many gay Iranians, they use websites to get together and couch surfing actually 🙂 Unfortunately though, the meetings would have to be in private.

      1. And BTW I’m so happy you traveled to Iran , I’m so glad to see you didn’t just believe the things you heard and actually got out there to really experience it yourself , Iran is so amazing , its so sad to see its getting this much ruined , its getting really hard to live there , people are suffering , and there is nothing to do really , Hopefully things will change

        1. Iran is an amazing country and living there is not hard Iraninans are not suffering we got a really good president, most of the Iraninans love Mr.Rouhani and support him Iran is a modern country as a Iraninan I can tell that country ia not as bad as some paeple think I love my country

      2. I just got back from iran and for me iran has a beautiful landscape but the people is not as friendly as i thought they would for coloured skin people. I traveled with my italian friend and tthe hospitality reeceived by me (tanned skin) is horrible starting from the airport until the end. Basically im invisible, everytime i asked for direction they will asked me to pissed off and if my italian friend asked for direction, they would willing to bring him there. However, im from malaysia(for them malaysian are undeveloped nation) and they thought im a prostitute because im travelling with my italian friend. If you have light skin colour, you will enjoy the iran and their hospitaliy if you are not white, might as well stay away from Iran. Sorry admin about this post its smells racism and a negative point of view towards Iran but traveller should know about discrimination there.

        1. they are not like that at all,i’m iranian my self.probably the thought you were arab
          most iranians don’t like them because of our history

        2. I am sorry you had such a experience. You’re partially true. Iranians can be a bit racist some times and this is because they (well I am Iranian too, so maybe I should say we) have not really been disenchanted with the Aryan myth. Thus, Iranians view themselves as a White people (I know it might sound ironic to White Westerners, but they actually do!). However, I would say they hospitality depends more on nationality than race per se. I bet if you’d said you’re American, especially in any of the bigger cities, everyone would be sweethearts and to you and try to make sure you feel welcome.

        3. Hi. I’m sorry for having this experience. I’m pretty sure that they thought You are Iranian or Arab. It is not common or even proper that an Iranian young girl travel with a boy who is not her husband so that might be why they insult you. But I never saw that Iranian hate people because of their color. The only thing that might matter in Iran is the nation you’re coming from.

          1. I think you were mistaken for an Afghan. The racism against Afghans in Iran is really huge, they basically treat them like garbage. So when an Asian looking tourists visits Iran, there is a high chance they will encounter racism. And it’s a fact, Iranians treat people differently based on their country of origin. If you are from Europe or America, you will be treated like a royalty but if you happen to be from a poorer Asian or African country, they will act racist towards you.

      3. I’m an iranian! Thanks for your article! We love othere people of world even American people! Our problem is with the government of USA! Not people! We love peace! ❤️ I liked to see you but unfortunately I lost my chance and you aren’t here anymore!

    2. Well , as a Persian I don’t really tarof so much , and that’s why people used to get mad at me back in the days when I used to live there haha
      You’ll be fine as a gay person if you just don’t say it out loud there, we have so many gays back there but you’ll never notice cuz its crime so people keep it a secret
      I miss Iran so much 🙁
      Such an amazing place to be

    3. If you don’t understand Taroof don’t worry about it, I as an original Iranian who have lived whole my life here don’t understand it yet , and most of the times I get embarrassed because I don’t get it whether it’s a real kindness or a Taroof 🙂

    4. live with faith in this kind of God.Believe in Him..Accept Him,make deals with Him.Believe in Him,reply to Him.This is how He is.He will take you to the border of hopelessness . And then you say “I’ve been here all along.live with faith i this kind of God.when you face a problemin your life say,God I know that you know how to fix it,but you don’t.
      smile
      He is doing it on purpose.Don’t lose hope!He knows.I once advised that when you take the youth to various camps,don’t put them in so many classes.Instead ,teach them through actions.they said “How can we teach them through actions”?I said ,serve them soup one night for dinner”. they said ,”Well , we do this often” I said , “One night ,do not distribute spoons.” tell them <sorry boys and girls<there are no spoons for your soup tonight."you will see how one person will curse.another will mock,another will say,"these people do not have the competence to manage <they didn't even bring any spoons.How can we eat soup without
      spoons?". Another person will drink it from the bowl,another person will take out a spoon they brought themselves.one person will give their spoon to another person.another will make fun of others saying,"I brought my spoon and yo didn't." everyone will their true colors here.once they show their true colors,then you tell them,"the spoons were here the whole time,behind this curtain.we would like to thank all those who reacted nicely". after this distribute the spoons everyone will bow their heads in shame.all the deficiencies in life are like this.they are all behind the curtain.what is it that you want?you want to get married?It's here ,behind the curtain.believe it!.It's behind the curtain.you want a house?It's behind the curtain.you want a loan?It's here,but doesn't give it.He doesn't give it on purpose.He wants to see your reaction.God has it,God has all of these.he has everything.Why do you doubt Him?. the average person searches everywhere to see where it's at,and I'm saying that it's all behind the curtain!all of your needs are behind the curtain.He doesn't give 'He doesn't give it on purpose.in reference again to the camps, that night when the youth became embarrassed by their reactions to having spoons,if you tell them another night that there is no food tonight,they will all laugh and say,"No problem"believe me! they'll say ,No problem.you will see satisfaction in their eyes.they have become humble and submissive now,because they were taught how to become humble and submissive.the night before ,they were embarrassed by their reactions.if they are told ,"there is no dinner tonight ,get up and go"the youth will say,"OK,no problem will go one night without food."if they are asked why they don't complain about not having dinner,the youth will say,"As soon as we complain,it may come out from behind the curtain,and we will be embarrassed."this is how to teach the youth how to become true human beings.interact with them in this way.God is my witness I am not trying to entertain you with my words. I want you to GRASP the lesson.live like the Imam khomeini.this is how the Imamlived.do not live without planning ! make your plan! but next to it,have a little bit of trust in God. I remeber I told my friends at these youth camps,"let's do something ,someone has thrown their t-shirt over there.take his t-shirt, put it aside,and substitute it for another one.throw the substitute on the ground so it becomes muddy and dirty.when the youth came ,we asked him,"is this your t-shirt on the ground?"he replied ,"Ahh!yes you[curse word],you threw my t-shirt on the ground!"he said a cure word.then we showed him his t-shirt and said,"that was a fake one thrown on the ground.you cursed too soon".after that ,whatever incident occured at camp,no one wouid even utter a complaint.if it was said ,"your shoes are missing."they would reply,"It's no problem."the same person ,who two days ago would have gotten angry over these incidents,found out that everything is just a test,a game,an illusion

    5. Man, please this taroof thing is not a sign of generosity, it’s a way for taxi drivers to rip you off, by which the driver evades setting a price in the beginning under the guise of niceness/politeness and demands an exaggerated price in the end when the client is transported. The exact same thing happens in other Middle Eastern countries too. Middle Easterners are kinda tricky and disingenuous (I’m one BTW). It goes this way:
      Man: How much does it cost?
      Taxi: You’re a nice man, You deserve to be transported for free.
      When they reach their destination
      Man sets to go out
      Taxi: HEEEEEY, you didn’t pay.
      Man: What ???? You said it’s for free
      Taxi: I said you deserved to be taken for free coz ur a good man, but I’m a poor taxi driver, I work for money
      Man: Pfffffffft, How much do you want?
      Taxi: 15$
      Man: WTHHHHH, it was only a 5 minute drive
      and then a disputed arises.

      This is how I handle it:
      Me: destination please, how much?
      Taxi: you’re a nice man, I’ll take you for free
      Me: I’m fucken having a bad day, in no mood for this trickery, the price or I’m out
      OR – on a good day
      Me: I have only 2$ in my pocket … go on man – and he’s in an embarrassing situation for this disingenuity haha

    6. Hey guys come on here this country we want u here no difference what we believe we re humans we need each other to share our feelings cultures

    7. you know what’s worse ? As a Persian born in Europe, I still naturally practice tarof. Somebody offers that amaziiiiing slice of cake that I absolutely want but I will be like “no really, thanks for your generosity” and the fucker takes it away like “oh ok” almost disappointed that I didn’t take it. Then I feel so ashamed to “change my mind” so I just have to get over the cake !

    8. Hi mr im an iranian girl and i live in iran and i must tell u we never have problem with gay or lez maybe must of people in iran dosent like this kind of relation here but lez or gay exist here too
      But i suggest u dont mantion u are gay here because sex and this kind of things are hiding nobody mantion this things here but if u see iranian people who is open minded u can tell
      If i had mistak in my text im sorry my wnglish is not good enogh

  2. It’s good to know this things about Iranians. You know I still believe in the goodness of humanity. Iran is such a beautiful place I guess though, I haven’t gone there yet. I really enjoyed reading your post.

  3. hi
    i am ali from iran,you believe that iranian people are so friendly,hospitable and iran is safeeeeee.you can travel alone,and enjoy in amazing and beautiful iran.
    cheers
    ali

  4. I LOVE Iran and I love your blog post!! It’s funny how in an effort to right the wrongs of the media, so many travellers tell warped stories of how liberal Iran is. While I think it’s fair to say that many Iranians wouldn’t dress or behave the way they do if they weren’t obliged to, I also think that they wouldn’t go to the other extreme, as many travellers takes would have us believe. And like any country, Iran still has its conservatives. It’s an awesome country to travel in, and people really are so hospitable- it’s been too long since I was last there 🙂

    1. True, Iran definitely has its conservatives. Based on who we met though, they all agreed that they wouldn’t cover up in public if they didn’t have to. However, there are many Muslims there who would still abide by these rules I think.

      Isn’t Iran such an intriguing country?!

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  5. I’m so glad I came to your site for a random read, and the first thing I saw was about Iran. I’ve become obsessed with going there for a while, and even more than ever the past week! I’m hoping I can somehow fit it in at the end of my Asia trip, if funds will allow me. Thanks for making me even more determined to go now! And for writing such a truthful account! 🙂

    1. Hey!

      If you make it to Iran, you will have a great time. We haven’t met anyone who would say otherwise. The people are friendly, the sites are stunning, the history is ancient, the food is delicious and the transport is comfortable! Glad you enjoyed the read.

      Happy Travels 🙂

  6. Thanks Goats!!!!!!!!!
    Really you have done a brave and great job with going other countries like Iran. Brave job because of all these fake news about Iranians in the media. Iranians are very kind to strangers from other countries more because of their rich ancient history and culture. If you read some of their ancient poetries for past 1000 years like Hafez, Omar Khayam and Rumi, you can find out why they love LOVE and hospitality to other human beings.
    All the best for you in your road,
    Sam

    1. Thank you Sam!

      It’s true, there is a lot of hype in the Western media about Iran being a scary place and the people being terrorists. The truth is, the people couldn’t be more friendly and welcoming. The citizens need to be considered separate from their Government when it comes to people making judgement calls about the country

      Thank you for commenting :).

  7. This made great reading, not least because we want to make our way to Iran one of these days. Maybe sooner than later. Glad I came across your Twitter account and looked up your site 🙂 Thanks.

    1. Hi JR,

      No, the government isn’t threatening to foreigners at all. We had no issues and were given nothing but smiles and treated with respect by people at immigration and police. We didn’t have to deal directly with the government though.

    2. As an Iranian, here’s some advice, if you want no trouble with the government (government= airport security, police, sh**head religious people) :
      1. Don’t talk about or (even worse) defend: homosexuality, Israel.
      2. Don’t criticize Islam, human rights in Iran, Iranian politics and leadership.
      3. Don’t bring / drink or use / ask for: alcoholic beverages, drugs and gambling.
      4. Try not to loose your hair cover in public, if you are a woman. (important in religious sites)
      BTW this is just the government (less than 1%). Us, Iranian people (99%), do what we like and talk about / make fun of pretty much anything…
      And about the taxi: ask ordinary people or authorities about the fee and make sure you tell the driver you wanna get there with that fee only, before entering the taxi… (this is what I do in almost every country!)

  8. Hi,
    This is Yekta,an Iranian citizen !
    First of all I’ve never Thought about my country such as this ,I mean it was nice and True especially about Taroof! ( just kidding )
    How many persian words can you remember ? 😉
    What was your Best food that you’ve tried in Iran ? You can suggest the other.

    1. Hi Yekta!

      We absolutely loved Iranian cuisine! We were lucky to stay in a few homes and were able to have some traditional food. We enjoyed ghormeh sabzi, fesenjān, Tah-chin and anything with pomegranates! haha. We tried many, many dishes and they were all fantastic 🙂

      1. Lol… I grew up in Iran, and I know one thing for sure, persians find it extremely adorable when foreigners try to speak farsi Glad you had a good time there.

  9. hi . my name is ahmad. an Iranian citizen !

    Tanks for freedom in your eyes and your mind and your note
    my English language is very bad but:
    tanks
    so and
    I Love ghorme sabzi 🙂
    you do test koofte tabrizi and gheyme bademjan ooooooooooooooooof oh do test gheymeh nesa oooooooooooof :))

  10. HI! i’m from iran and i must say WOW! first foreigner to ever write something nice about us! the hate is so much that when i first saw your blog i thought i was hallusinating things! a big thanks and lots of love to you for the realistic image. and a bit of information on taarof: if you master it well you can absolutely manupolate any persian!!! ( not in a bad sense though! ), it’s actually an aciant culture. back in times it was used with honest intentions, now a days it’s used less geniounly by many people. but there are still many who really mean it! anyway, it was a delight to read your blog hope you return here for another trip!!!

    1. Thanks Bani! We had a wonderful time in Iran, the people of your country are warm and generous.

      I’m curious though, what do Iranians Google in order to get to this article of ours?!

      Have a great day 🙂

    2. I`m Iranian … each time that I think about roreigner people , I thought that they hate us ! we’re not terrorist ! we are like you … we are humam too , but our politics aren’t good … we dont have eny good choice ! we have to choose between bad and worse ! you see it ‘s not justice … so I DON’T want because of this things froeiner people hate us… please please do not hate us !

  11. Hi! I’m Amir and i’m from Iran
    Thank you for your post about our country
    Just let me say that: dear people of world, we are HUMANS! just like you!! We don’t drink blood =))
    AND we don’t BITE!
    😉
    AND of course
    Dear hollywood
    We are not TERRORISTS! I really felt bad when i watched Robocop ( the new version)

  12. hi!!!!!!!!
    I am an iranian girl!!
    i feel so happy because of your this report!!
    you know, most of poeple usually say bad things about iran and iranians,but i rhink iranian are not as bad as they say!!
    maybe they are thinking to 50 years ago.but at present time iran has lots of changes.iranian are not terrorists!!
    we are not bad people,we are human same other ones.maybe we are more kinder than some of people in all over the world.
    i am tooooooooooo happyyyyyyy because of you!!!!!!
    thanks because of your kindness
    taroof is this :تعارف
    at the end : بازم پیش ما بیاین!(come to our country,again)
    oh!did you eat Kalle pacheh?????????:)))))
    we love all foreigners!!
    thaaaaaaaankssssssss.

  13. Hi,
    I’m Aryan and I’m from Iran. Everything you said is true about Iranian people , and I really don’t have anything to add on to all you said I can just say thank you so much bruh for telling all these to other people, I hardly tried to tell people in America the truth about Iranian people but they didn’t believe me, perhaps because I’m Iranian myself, but I guess they believe you!

  14. Hi
    I m iranian, here is a few tips for you to deal with taroof
    1Every time s1 offer u a free thing say 3times :no thx its realy nice of u!!belive me u must say it 3times thats kinda like the code to alibaba cave!
    2 smile while u r saying this!
    3 dont be worry
    Thats it ! Btw take my advice: the prices of bazaar are varied from store to other stors, the same rule apllys 4 taxies!
    Have a nice time in iran

    Ps. Thx goat !u realy judged us not by the fake cover the west media have made 4us!

  15. hi!
    i do not know what to say, after reading your nice opinion of my race.
    it is hard for us to be known as terrorists . as you know there are many people who are afraid of us because of nothing but lies.
    this is something that makes me ashamed of myself even though i know we are good people.
    i just add please do not judge a book by it’s cover. ( as you can see in movies a great treasure is in an old and dirty chest :D)
    thanks for such a good comment that you put on PARS and PERSIAN people , we are really happy to have a good friend like you.♥

  16. hi!
    i do not know what to say, after reading your nice opinion of my race.
    it is hard for us to be known as terrorists . as you know there are many people who are afraid of us because of nothing but lies.
    this is something that makes me ashamed of myself even though i know we are good people.
    i just add please do not judge a book buy it’s cover. ( as you can see in movies a great treasure is in an old and dirty chest :D)
    thanks for such a good comment that you put on PARS and PERSIAN people , we are really happy to have a good friend like you.♥

  17. Hi
    I know it’s a bit late to leave a comment on this post but I thought I must thank you for it
    I’m iranian and I’m so happy you liked my country
    Western media shows us like some terrorist who attack foreigners in the streets and it makes me so unhappy. Your post made me crying thank you for being so good and sharing your experiences with others

  18. we will be happy if you come back again to Iran , i live in Tehran and if you want to come back just send me an email i will help you.

  19. Hi this is Behzad, I’m from Iran but live in the US. Yes Persian hospitality and warmness is unique in the world; it’s been famous for it for thousands of years not just recently. We love to laugh hard, be kind to others, and make everybody feel good. It’s just how we are. If you think people are friendly now, you should’ve seen what it was like before the revolution, war, and sanctions! We’re taught to treat others like family and give them the shirt off our back, from very early in life. Who else does that?

    It’s not what it used to be, alas. But there is a certain shine in people’s eyes and a certain warmness in their hearts there that’ll never go away. Have fun!

    1. Hi Behzad,

      Thank you for the wonderful comment. I can only imagine what Iran was like pre-revolution and war. It would have been even more incredible than it is now. We had great experiences with the people of Iran and always recommend your country.

      Cheers!

  20. Hi, I´ve always wanted to go to Iran.
    I´m just so curious about this country.
    Could you guys tell me how did you managed to communicate with people?
    I can only speak english and spanish

  21. Hi
    I am amin
    I am soooooooo happy right now because i think for the first time in my life i have read a really honest passage about iran
    Thank you Goats on the road
    P.S please share this with anyone that you know so they will realize that we are not what hollywood shows us
    We are not 300 , argo , robocop or any other things that they are showing us
    we are a truly peace loving people
    Thank you again Goats
    Good luck

  22. [email protected] says:

    I worked with many Iranian,nice,good looking,rich smart and super friendly.I meet and worked with them in Europe and USA and I am European myself.Ciao

  23. Hi,
    I am an Iranian and while looking for Iran images on Google to find out what foreigners will find about Iran while searching in Google, by chance I found your lovely presentation about Iran and I have to say it was amazing. Happy to see that you enjoyed your time in Iran and additionally you are trying to inform others as well. It is so true that before traveling to a country, we cannot admit how the people will be there unless we spend some time with them. Previously I was working with some European countries while living in Iran and all of them were shocked after coming to Iran as they were thinking that our women cover their faces like Arabs and they can’t drive even, so I was explaining a lot about what we had been through and how we really are, trying to take them to different cities so they would be able to have a better image. Even outside Iran, I am trying to make things clear in people’s mind when it comes to my country. As you know better than me because of media, most of the people are getting annoyed when they hear word “Iran” and I cannot tell you how much this hurts. Anyway thank you very very much for all the information you shared with everybody, I do appreciate it a lot.
    Have a lovely day ahead
    Maryam

    1. Hello Maryam,

      Thank you for your comment. We had a wonderful time in Iran and found that the people were very friendly! The food was delicious and the sites were incredible. We always tell people they should travel to Iran.

      Have a great day 🙂

  24. hi every body
    i am from iran and i have to say that ianian people are normal like other nations
    they are not very nice and they are not terrorist!!
    but be sure that we are warm with foreigners

  25. Hello my friend
    I’m saeed 28 years old . U make me very happy with this believing about iranian people .I hope all people in aroud of world get ur believe . We’d like to have good relationship with other country but unfortunately last presidents don’t let this to do . I hope other people think like u about us .
    😉 saeed

  26. I’m so glad that you had a memorable time there. I’m iranian and live in mashhad ( the most religious city of iran cuz for hollyshrine but less religius persons!!! ) and it’s hard to see some people by mistake and ignorance in other countries think that we are terrorist as same as our goverment or Arabs but it’s totally wrong. Iran is a safe place for all tourists of whole the world (sadly I’m not sure about israeli people again for damn politic reasons however most of us truely love them)!!
    And one of the best solution for Taroof is when taxi drivers or shopmans says “Ghabel Nadare” or sth like that, u can just say “I’m Not Taroofi Person” or “Man Taroofi nistam” 😀 whatever they underestand that u’re not :)))

  27. Im from Iran(islamic republic of :)))) If you need photo from here or need some answers for your question U can ask me 🙂
    telegram ID:amupxm

  28. hi im very happy that you told people what is the reality!i hope you’ll visit mashhad the next time you travel to iran!and tanx for your really really nice website!

  29. Hello Baby
    I am an Iranian girl. First of all thank you for telling the truth about the Iranian people.
    So I want to talk to you, my people say: ‘We the people of America and other countries misconception Iranians really upset because Western and advanced knowledge capture them without their media and their judgment.I am an Iranian girl. I am proud of being Iranian. I am proud that my country and my last. I try my people I am proud that despite all the restrictions. We do not Pvshyh Iran. In case of non-compliance with our women’s face veil acid Nmypashnd know you all wrong. We are not religious. Iran ‘s 70 million people, perhaps only 20 million are religious!I’m 15. We’re very good singers and actors, but because we can not limit ourselves to other countries of the world! If you film A Separation, M Like Mother, and many of us have seen the movie you realize.We Iranians have a very good singer. Many women who have yet to be illegal by the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran Znman readers are underground or abroad to pay singing.
    I am Iranian, yes! We love American actors and singers we hear a song we Hayshvn. Jennifer Lopez pitbul Onedirection and….
    In general, I want to say: We Iranians are humans too! Claiming other people would like to have our friend! We see the love and affection! Please change the way you think about us, we love you.
    I’m sorry that my English was not so good at the end. Thanks to the Iranian side!

  30. I am an iranian 14years old girl.you dont know how much happy you made me with your article.i wish someone can do something for this country
    Thank you for your great article

  31. That’s just great there’s only few foreigners who have red your topic and most of the comments come from iranians
    I wonder why ?

    1. Many foreigners have read it, but I think Iranian people search the internet to see what people think of them and their country – which would lead to more Iranians commenting and seeing the article. Plus, when someone says something nice about your country, it makes you happy, so you comment 🙂

  32. Hi I’m Iranian. Its such a good news for me to see that tourists and travellers like my county.I’m living in Tehran. I wonder why you think Iran is safe enough. Maybe in the past yes but not now.there are lots of things happening here to make you feel not secure….
    But anyway thanks for visiting my county and a massive thank you for your way of thinking about us.:-)

  33. All the comments are true. But there is a sad fact about Iranian people you omitted. Yes they are hospitable too much. but on the flip side، they do not love each other and are not interested to help each other as much as foreigners. If you ask why Even me living in Iran have not the exact answer? maybe they see each other as the rivals on sources. some people Put the responsibility on the regime.

  34. Hello…!
    I am mohsen from Kermanshah city in Iran…
    you can travel to Kermanshah and see history of this sity(Tagh bostan)
    I have one request and that is say to people of world iranians aaaaarrrrrreeee’ttttttttttt terrorissssssssssssst
    hooooof…
    exciusme
    thanks… : ) 🙂

  35. Hi. It’s really wonderful to read such a good essay about Iran & It’s people. All the things you’ve experienced is true & nobody can deny it. But the most important thing about Iranian personality is that They always need a leader to change something. Anything, even for change themselves they need a leader or a friend to teach them & show the way. They are not spontaneous at all. This is the most weakness point they have had all over the history. I’m a member of track & field national team of Iran. I love Iran but the government don’t pay attention & I think I can have a better life in another country, Canada, USA , England. love to experience living in abroad

  36. Wow,Such an Amazing Article I’ve ever seen.BTW Im iranian And Im so Glad you Like it.You really make Me Happy Because only few People knows about Real Iran And Iranians.Of course We have some Issues from Government .but come On we are not terrorist !!Thats only political problems between Iran and Countries.Btw I’m hoping this enormous issues fix from the Government and Shows the real Façade of Iran And Lovely Iranians
    Cheers

  37. Hi.. Well I saw your writing dude.. and i’m agree with you that Iranian people totally are different with Arabic..
    i’m glad you came in Iran..
    Well something that i should say is the people and the government are mostly have a different mind..
    some of us prefer the government some of us not prefer it.. you know..
    It’s not a good thing.. well i’m Iranian boy and i appreciate you for giving the truth to people who read your post..
    And the last thing is I don’t like living in Iran 😀 cause it’s relate to our personality .. some of us like living here and some of us don’t. 🙂
    Thanks Body 😉

  38. Hi,
    I’d like to mention one thing. You see? Most of the Iranians here are like “we aren’t terrorists!” That’s because many countries like Israel are trying show us like terrorists and we’re trying to say ” NO! WE’RE NOT TERRORISTS”. %85 of Iranian people hate this government and leader but they can’t do anything so we’re stuck! And it’s true that our leader is a terrorist ( khamenei) he’s a true terrorist. Btw I’m so glad that you came to my country for a while and you realized that we all like all the people in the world.

  39. i am Amir and i live in Iran
    in this article you said every thing about the culture and personality o Iranians. so thank you!
    but you didn’t talk about the 2500 years of Iran traditions. in Iran we have very beautiful music, that the government thinks its bad, taboo and haram! also there are very very much of beautiful natural landmarks.
    so please come to Iran and share this article so that the world no longer thinks we are terrorists….

  40. thank you bro,
    iran is wating to see you again!
    if you travel to iran again , i want to invite you to my home
    after nuclear deal iranian goverment and iranian people are want to improve communication with world.
    and we hope that more people come to iran.
    one thing that you didnt say is:
    everywhere that you go you can see the people that they speak about Politics:)
    maybe you said and i didnt see:)
    anyway thanks for your text
    if you come to mashhad you can come to my home:)
    we will be happy:)

  41. hey guys,
    the number of comments vouch for you where you said they ask about your thought about iran … people in iran love to hear foreigners saying good things (tooo good) about them and their country. many times trying to hide anything unpleasant about their fellow iranians or the iranian society and the country as a whole by overwhelming care and kindness, when at the same time they treat each other remotely different. I think the iranian society is unbalanced regarding their behavior toward travelers and foreigners due to lack of connection to outside world. so after gates eventually being open and more foreigners going there and people getting used to them and the country’s bad reputation in the western media eventually wearing off, people wont see the need to be “too” nice. they will continue to be nice but to more normal extent. I am your iranian regular reader and this is my first comment as for the first time I thought I could add an insight. I am learning and going to start my own travel blog in both english and persian and you have been a big inspiration and help. sorry it became this long. and keep up the good work.

    1. With all do respect @Alibaba, I don’t agree with you…
      Iranians welcome foreigners because all Iranians know how it feels to be an stranger in a foreign place/country… Iranians call this feeling: “ghorbat” and sensing this feeling is in Iranians blood… They just can’t stand it! They come and help and offer what they can do… This has been true for the last couple of thousand years…
      But of course, everything can change…

  42. Hi.
    Thank you for your great article
    I really liked it
    One I just want to clear out about taroof:
    Tarof is when you offer someone something voluntarily
    I’m matter of showing respect (not for real )
    Strange but here’s why:
    Before the economic difficulty and western sections and Islamic revolution Iran was a very wealthy and free country, I’m that time people do taroof for real
    When we used to say take it for free we really mean it
    Why? Because we could afford it
    In today’s Iran economic difficulty (thanks to western government and politics) it is hard for us to afford to give away something for free

    But at least we try to say it in order to show we care
    It is storage at first boot if you look deep into it’s history you’ll like it and you’ll know why

    Thanks again
    And keep the great work up

  43. if you want to know where is iran and How are Iranians you must travel to Iran. my people are the best people in the world. iran is not like iraq and afghanistan. Security in Iran is great. if you travel to Iran I promise you will be have good times in my country.im 16 years old but i know what american diplomats say about Iran. they are lying. Iran never wants nuclear bomb and isnt a threat for the world.amercia and Israel are threat to the world.I dont mean american people i mean their diplomats.

  44. Hey!!
    WoW
    Thank you for showing truth about Iran.
    I’m in Iran Right now
    And I really like Taroof here, its look like a Game

    1. Haha …I’ve never heard that before …someone likes Tarof …as an iranian sometimes it makes me angry but sometimes it’s very usual acting and even you didn’t remember you did TAROF already…..
      I hat some Non-iranian friends , one of them was living in Iran for one month and she was sometimes confused with doing it in right time , so she asked me to inform when the right time for doing TAROF IS..EXCEPT TAROF and skin colors part … I think we are no different after all …you Eat you laugh you Live ..the same we all do
      i’d like add more on what it seems …i don’t know (Iranians as being innocent people )
      I don’t hate my people vice versa i love my people …but there are things that need to be cleared out for whom still wants to come to Iran..you will having like great Time in Iran however what i’m about to say might be unpleasant and uncomfortable ..(U DESERVE to KNOW REST OF THE TRUTH ..I’m not trying to put obstacles in front of non-iranians)
      Based on my experiences of my whole life ..Iranian people are hypocrite..they are very warm and friendly with Non-iranians but themselves ..trust me ….(Iranians are very smart ..they will be like Wolf in sheep cloth thing) and
      they don’t respect and help their own kind like when they do with non-iranians …..

      Unlike Europeans (as we speak , they always say ‘wir sind eherlich!’ ,’we are honest ‘ a quote from my german friend ) people here is not always EHERLICH , i’m not saying iranians are Liars .NOO ….but they don’t always tell truth ..they keep the truth most of the times ! ..i think if Iranians hadn’t that problem ..the life would’ve been easier i guess…

      Watch out about too much price of products the sellers give u..most of them are FRAUD …

  45. Hi…
    Seriously,Iran is a paradise for foreign travelers.People are really good to tourists and they love to invite them to their houses.They host you like its your own house.They wont keep anything away from their foreigner gusets and they never get tired of hosting them and its totally related to their perfect history.
    Fasciating country !
    Cheers !

  46. Hi,

    I read this article a little bit too late since I was there in Easter. My experience were more or less like yours, But there are big contrasts in the country. In Tehran you are invited to parties and people drink while in south east of the country people are different and sometimes fanatic. While further north they are very liberal and nice and hospitable.

    Generally I found them really nice and friendly and enjoyed my travel. It is a safe country to travel in. I wish they could have a better government that really cared for its people! So sad!

  47. Hey goats, It’s Paria from iran and I’m really glad to see that you liked our country! A friend asked me too see this article, it seemed funny to me that forigners say that taroof is confusing! Yeah sometimes we cant realize the difference between reallity and taroof, but in those situations you can say: Kind of you, I’m not a taroofi person, or sth like that. Happy to hear that you liked iran and happy to see yor website!
    Great time

  48. Hey there
    First of all I’m so happy that you came here and you find out why some of know USA as an enemy. (Others just google about iran-iraq war that happend only 2 years after the 1979 revolution and US support iraq in the iran iraq war) But What is past, is past 🙂

    Here is a tip about TAAROF
    The process goes this way:
    Q: Sorry how much is this?
    A: Its free for you
    Q: Thank That’s nice of you but tell me 🙂
    A: no you’re like my guest.There is no need to pay
    Q: Thanks please tell me the price
    A: it costs 10 dollar. 🙂

    Second type of TAAROF is in such places like parties
    for example the host holds the basket of fruits in front of you and:
    H: Have an apple it’s fresh. 🙂
    G: no thanks I’m full 🙂
    H: oh come on. These bananas are sweet try them 🙂
    G: no thanks. 🙂
    H: If you don’t want make me upset just have an orange please 🙂
    G: okay thanks I’ll have one. 🙂
    (note : during the conversation the SMILE is necessary )
    Of course have taarof everywhere and everytime is very boring. But as you know only some people have taarof during conv,
    you see? Its just in our culture.But it is being deleted slowly because the society and young people are going to be modern and they like to be like other part of the world and maybe after 2 or 3 generations this old Persian habit will be forgotten. unfortunately..

    AND OF COURSE THERE ARE SOME BAD IRANIANS AND NOTHING IS 100% PERFECT AND COMPLETELY NICE IN THE UNIVERSE. AS YOU KNOW. 😐

    Wish you the best.

  49. Hi friends ! Thank you for your nice article .
    I really enjoyed of reading that .
    I really have to say congratulations to you because of your freedom mind and your truthfulness .
    I’m Iranian , I live in Iran and I really love my country , but I don’t realize why do some foreigners say bad things about my country without having any travel or being here for even few years !
    Again I say ”thank you for your nice article” , it made me feel so good about my country
    Have fun friends. I wish that you come again here and enjoy:-)

  50. i think some of these foreign ladies and gentlemen or non-iranians are very racist and dogmatic regarding iranians. Something like rape and abuse is laghable and impossible about iranians/persians. Dear iranians r the most civilized and respectable people in the globe. Ofcourse we don’t finna say the whole iranians r good for certain there r bad people every where but majority of them r angles on the earth. In spite of their economical issues and bad living circustances, they r still humans and haven’t lost their humanity. Consider such a life condition in other places in the world I think people whould slaughter each other. So certainly, seeing afew bad people in such a under-cruelty society can’t be far fetched and unnormal. While we witness lots of rape, cruelty, violence and etc in so-called advanced coutries in the world whether europe or america. My foreign friends . Don’t be jealousy and sensitive about iranian people we’re exactly like u but merely to some extent kinder and cooler and more attractive from character viewpoint.

  51. HI
    thanks for coming to IRAN
    I HAVE a request please sey to your people Iranians are not TERRORIST !!!!!!!!!!!!
    WHISH TO HAVE A WORLD PEACE …

  52. Hi. This is pardis
    First if all thank u for your article about my countrey
    I just want to add some things:
    1. Iranians are not arab. We are persian. Iranians always emphasis on their race. Because 1400 years ego arabs tried very hard to change our religeon, our language and even our race!
    Iranians forced to be muslim 1400 years ego by arabs and most of them can not forget this fact.
    2. Iranians are not terrorists. Please tell your friends that we are not terrorist. You can search about ISIS and its citizens. You can find plenty of europians, americans, russian, chinese and etc who have joint ISIS however you can not find any iranian guy in ISIS (plz google it to be sure). In addition as you said iran is a safe country. Nowadays there are plenty of bombins ij middle-east or even ISIS. However iran is still quit safe fortunately.
    At the end. I would like to say we LOVE you american or europian kind respectable guys too. I hope you travell again to iran. Best wishes 🙂

  53. hello ~
    I’m from Iran and I’m very happy after reading this , knowing that people visiting my country are happy and think good about here … we like tourists and want them to have the best time.
    and guys don’t be worry about this thing called “taarof” it’s not very scary , though I sometimes don’t know if i should accept or refuse :)) but it’s so normal and you’ll see it a lot when buying something, taking a taxi or talking to aged people or youngers. but i will be happy seeing people come here ^^

  54. hello.
    yes we never hate Americans. i must remind you, we have 8 years war with iraq and had more than 1 million killed by iraqian. also many iraqian killed by iranian soldiers. but now, less than 25 years of finishing war, we are friendship with many iraqian persons. we travel to iraq and iraqian travel to iran safely. i (as one persian person) promise, every body from every point of this world can come here and see visual place and enjoy their times here and then come back in their countries without any problem.
    we are glad to have some time conversation with every tourists.
    i have many friends from some other countries and always invite them to see here and i will help them as i can.
    and i’m sure most persian people have idea near of me.
    i have 2 personal motto. one is:
    “All The World is Just a Village, and All People Are Neighbor. Be Friend and Respectful with each other.”
    and another is:
    “GOD is the source of Pure and True LOVE”
    i also wrote this motto “GOD is the source of Pure and True LOVE” in my website and if exactly search this motto in google will find my website and see this.
    i love my country by name “iran” but i interest to call my country “persia” cause this is the name of this area for about 7000 years and just from 1935 change to “iran”.
    for example you can see in map “persian gulf” or many websites like google.com use “persian” language replace with “farsi” .
    at all special thanks of “Goats On The Road” for show reality of this nice and pure Area.
    pleas clear your mind of every bad things and objects and start to visit this persian land and make your good memories.
    hanif jafari from persia

  55. Hi, I’m an Iranian.
    I can not say that all Iranians are good because everywhere in the world is good and bad.
    but media lie about many things like iranians and muslims are terorists or they hate the world and blah blah blah.
    Do not listen to what they say about Iran or muslims.
    we love you Because we all are humans….and we have people from all Religions in iran.
    hope you enjoy traveling to iran and I suggest to visit SHIRAZ and ESFEHAN and TEHRAN first becouse this Cities are my favorite 🙂

  56. hey goats 🙂
    thanks for your comments about iran but….its not fair ,you know why ?because all tourists go and visit the big and well-known cities but there is more about this country
    i hope next time you will come to amol ( a city in mazandaran-iran) and we will show you so many fun things,
    love you guys
    and wait for you 🙂

  57. I have to say that I’m not surprised to hear how nice Persian people are. I’m sure they hear a lot of disinformation about people from the U.S.
    Government actions and policies have a tendency to influence what people think of the general population of other countries.
    I’ve been reading a very fascinating book trilogy that takes place in Hameden and Tehran. It got me curious enough to google images of the people of Iran.
    Being a hairstylist, I wanted to see what the general population looks like! I wanted to be able to picture in my mind real people of Iran….not the government faces we see in the news……or the pictures in the news of angry male mobs! I wanted to see REAL Persian people.
    I came by this blog on accident, enjoyed the article, and started reading all the comments.
    I must say that I am very intrigued and warmed after reading them.
    I feel the need as a U.S. Citizen to let you know that we don’t think of the Persian people as terrorists. It’s called “disinformation”. There will always be the ignorant individual that judges a whole nation of people by the actions of other individuals and government policies.
    I do have to admit that I thought traveling to Iran would put me under a microscope by government officials. After reading this blog and the comments, I am happy to say I have a different opinion.
    Governments ruin the reputation of their own people by their actions and lies. Power corrupts.
    I have to admit that it also breaks my heart to read how desperately you folks want to reach out.
    Please do me a favor and Google image people of the U.S. going state by state. Each state has its own individual culture. You will be interested to see that we are all just regular people that generally like other people at face value.
    I live in the Houston, Texas area and Houston is the 3rd largest city in the U.S. We have many people who live here from all over the world.
    I am very interested in Persian food and would love to get recipes from people who actually live there!!

  58. hi my name is sheya means lover and its a name girl 😀
    i think iranian people is happy,, and makes jokes a lot everytime,, but there is something bad about iranian people that most people here cant talk english very well but they try to show their hospitality in diffrent ways,, and iran has a deep amazing culture,, and the aim of iran is just peace and kindness, i dont know why few countries try to show iran angry or sth.. maybe they are jelious,, and maybe they really dont know about us..
    tnks alot
    from sheyda 😀

  59. Hi everyone I am from Iran. Iranians people are very nice and friendly. Please don’t think bad about IRAN!!!!!!

    AND DON’T MISS IRAN

  60. Hey,the way you are thinking about iranians is so intersting and true,BTW,Im looking for some information about Croatian and Portuguese people,Havnet you ever travelled there?

  61. hi, u say that “Iranians aren’t even religious. There’s booze in all of the shops. They party and drink and smoke pot” but it is a lie

  62. Hi I’m from Iran and i wanted to thank you because u told the truth.Great article
    I suggest u to travell to Iran again

  63. Hi . im from iran. I should tell you sth about our religion and goverment. Most of iranians are shiee( for example like catholic in christianity )…. Some of us are real muslims and they have accept its rules. ( like myself ). But some of us dont. All of iranian people want to overthrow their goverment. This sentence is completely wrong. And because our country want to be independent , we cant obey whatever the usa or the west want. ( for example saudi arabian. They are the wests servent. ) . so unfortunetly the media lie about us and say we are terrorisms or at least we are supporting them. It is an accusation. Actually we are the number 1 enemy of daesh ( isis) . and we are fighting with them. Or the media say iran is not a safe country. But the truth is that iran is the safest country atleast in our region. Why can isis attack france or belgium but they cannot attack iran. With due attenrion to that iran is very near to them however the european countries are not. It is because of our security. We dont want nuclear weapon. Our leader ( ayatollah khamenei ) has ordered that having nuclear weapon is haram. ( haram means that we cant do that. It is a sin ). One more thing , we are not arab. We are persian. Okay !!??

  64. I’m an Iranian living in karaj.first of all to those people are gay…you really don’t need to mention it,because being a gay or lesbian is agaist the islam.so if you say it,it MAY cuase alittle truble,its relies on your host.And about taroof,it is a habbit.iranians allways doing that to make you feel good.but if a shop-owner saying something for example” it is free or it costs nothing in persian
    ((Ghabel nadareh)).the only thing you should do is just pay the things you want and say thank you.one important thing is some of esfahanians are misser.if you have any questions about iranians send me an email please,it will be a pleasure for me to answer yours.my email address is [email protected]

  65. I am an iranian girl and your definition of taroof was very interesting to me. 😀 I don’t talk about taxi drivers or shopkeepers but we sometimes mean it really and if a foreigner doesn’t accept a gift or something that we offered to them that looks impolite to the person who is offering you(iranians). It’s in our culture.but don’t worry about it if you want to travel to Iran cause nowadays educated iranians do not offer you (taroof) something they don’t really mean as they are more familiar about foreigners respond.
    🙂 I’m so happy that you had a great time in our country.

  66. Hi I’m mina i got so happy when i read it i’m iranian.it’s really good to know that someone is still out there to make somethings clear about iran.thanks

  67. Thank you for this post :))))
    I hope you have good memories of us 😀
    Because our pride 😀
    Come again :)))))

  68. People from Iran are all nice and friendly on the outside, but behind closed doors the men belittle their girlfriends/wives and see them as less. Furthermore, the men are incredibly dominant; what they say goes no matter what. What I have experienced is that they are not very emotional beings with a practical point of view. The ones that claim to be non-muslim have still been brought up as such which means that the ‘norms and values’ will always be rooted in their idealogy (especially the direspect towards women). However, they often cannot do anything about this as the people living there have never known anything else. It is true that Iranians are non terrorists, they keep themselves to themselves and don’t get involved in these practices – anonymous Persian woman.

  69. Hey im from iran it maybe be.late (after 2 y tnears) but tnx for coming to our lovely country im glad u have enjoyed ur travel here I hope u come back again.everyone is welcomed to come here well we dont hate americans we hate americas government for what they did to us in past and still so on
    A american or not u will be welcomed here and loved by ppl
    And by the way here is very safe no bombs no terrorist. U can come here and enjoy ur time

  70. Hi
    I am from India. I have not been to Iran but I can tell you that everything you wrote is absolutely true about this great country. They are genuinely nice people but unfortunately they have been given an unfair image outside. I plan to visit Iran and learn more about it.

  71. Okay.let me help you as a Iranian persion. Our lives and our people are just like yours. The only diffrence between us is that we born in Iran and we called Muslems wich we are not. ( at least the young generation) and grow up here thinking about how bad american people think about us. For example im always sad because my favourite music band named Metallica can’t come to iran because of our goverment. This is bad and our people need help. I love my country and i love my people but the only problem here is the goverment. So feel free to travel here cause every one love foreigners mostly americans and of course the taroof thing is not a huge deal. Most of taxi drivers dont know english so you just have to pay them .

  72. We can ex-change our nations if u like ? Yeahhh buddy i am Persian … what u saw is not what we see … This country is a prison for me and millions of ppl in here . i just live ONCE i don’t want to live like this … when u came here u knew that u will leave any way . u don’t exactly understand whats happening here … Trust me .. it’s not a good place for saying these . Excuse me …Best wishes

    1. There were few comments criticizing the dark side of human nature to clarify the reality of Iranian. Not on a destructive way. The truth hurts however from there we arise sound. These comments have been deleted. So …???

  73. as an iranian i’ve gotta tell ya that persians are really friendly and cool…although there are good and bad everywhere and iran is not exceptional..but i bet you’ll like it here because people here have a high sense of humor and the new generation of iranian people are extremely open-minded

  74. HI….i from republic islamic of iran….if you hear iran support terrorist or iranian are terrorist all these things are lies ….look before revolution in iran. iran had king and he was with usa. iran was the friend of usa we were the slave of usa so we start a revolution. after that because we said we dont want be slave of usa……so who say i want be free i dont want be slave i want grow he will be call wild and terrorist…..because in time of king we were friend of usa but now we are terrorist???really??……terrorist …..usa want have more money oil power and…so usa want a cause for war…..terrorist a best choice….who can believe 11 september???do you think two air plane can go on the air and bomb ….and the Organization of Information and Security of usa can let that thing happen???if thats it so a six month child can kill all people of usa!!!! …..please go and read history of iran after revolution and usa ….you will stand usa is dangerous or iran….please see how many war had iran and usa….
    and in media they want show you Islam is isis….thats a big lie all the world of Islam say isis isnt Islam they just wear the cloth of Islam and kill people for money power and….we fight with isis in iraq and syria we help people in syria and iraq we are support terrorist??? if i say french and usa sell guns to isis ….usa and turkey buy oil of isis israel improve soldier of isis when they hurt in war and army of iraq and syria found documents about support of usa’israel’turkey’Saudi Arabia ‘Some European countries from isis …..they just talk about human right but they are evil we stand it and we dont accept them and Human Rights Organization please go and see what happen in yemen if you know what happen you dont have trust to it…..Oppressed is terrorist!!! …..damn all Dirty politicians……we dont have problem with people of usa we are looks like another people of the world our problem is tyrannical policies….im 18 years old we dont like war we have hate….war is badest thing…. we are laughing ….living…go to picnic …Marriage…and….we are not wild or terrorist ….
    i hope another people come in to the iran and study for find the true please who say Islam is terrorist please please please read all Quran then say Islam is terrorist or not…
    please dont believe what they want show you in media and…all these are lies
    at last this is our massage to Dirty politicians we stand i will die but never be the slave of Ruthless
    i wish for you from god always be happy.health.successful with your family and your friends
    in iran we dont say good bye we say god save you and i tell you that. god save you my friend
    please laughing and have hope ….dont forget dear GOD and your friends and family….
    if i hurt you with my talks im sorry….

  75. hello….the only thing that you did not understand is when we (iranain people ) see a europian people or american or foreign countries people we thought we saw a (im so sorry but i must use this word) alien because we havent see them before and we thought they are so trusted people and also beautiful and they are so heigh level people so we are so kind about the people like you and we show and also feel our self very shy about you but i must say that we are not so kind with each other because of econamy or money or other problems that make our mind busy jelous angry and sad if you were iranain people on that time you would see what ever i said and also there is another thing … you know when we see people like you we think we see the all the modernize and high level countries people and we think we must be so kind as a being kind to a very famous man …..at last lets get rid of all these speechs TELL me did you like Iranain Food??

  76. Hi.l am an iranian.this spring i’ve found alot of friends from the other countries like italy,usa…..
    l don’t know why other peaple in the world think that we are wild. Of course we are not.we are so freindly . We are not arabs.we are persian.and we have a good life in here . I am sure that if any one came to our country,it would be so hard for him to leave here.our peaple are uniqe.

  77. Hi everyone.
    I’m Negar and I’m Iranian
    First of all I want to thank ,, goats on the roads,, and the writer for this post.very nice
    As you said there are both nice and bad people all over the world so as Iran..
    There is another thing that I want to say :
    I know there are extremist people about religion and other things in Iran but Not ALL the people in Iran hate and disagree with hijab..
    I myself don’t like this force from governmens but l don’t have problem with hijab itself
    I saw this Q&A on internet (l really love it):
    Q: Why Muslim women have to wear hijab?
    A: because their beauty is for their man(husband), not for mankind…

    Negar

  78. Hi,i’m an Iranian and i like to answer those people that asking why iranians don’t travel much like other people.
    First i myself LOVE to vissit all around the world as many do in Iran but some problems like poverty and some politics issues privent us to travel to anywhere…….
    If have any questions,please feel free to ask.It is an honor for me.
    Thanks for reading

  79. Hi…I think each country has its own culture and Taroof is one of the cultural properties of Iran and in my opinion its just to show your kindness…and as an Iranian I can say it isn’t that much hard that foreign people think!…but actually it’s somehow boring sometimes or sometimes you may not want to give your own food or other things to the other, but you feel embarrassed if you do not Taroof and it isn’t that much good then! and I also want to say that people in Iran are different from each other in opinions like people in other countries…so if you talk to them, some of them may get angry and believe that just their own opinions are true…but yet, the other may listen to your opinions well and speak to you politely and choose the best opinion…I just think it’s not just about Iran’s culture…It’s about humanity that you do not think just your own opinion is true! I hope everybody would listen to other opinions and just try to choose the best ones by faith and according to logic and humanity…

  80. Hi there
    as an Iranian! i believe the taroof is complex!
    but it means that people wants to have respect for you!
    and I hope to travel Iran again and discover more about this old country

  81. Hey guys!i come from iran i was curious about the comments about this topic!TAROOF is a really hard thing to learn for foreigners here as a persian girl i have to say i hate it!they say what they dont mean it 😐 we are famous for hospitality but we trust no one!they are always some poor people to take advantage of tourists because they think the tourists are rich and you have to be careful about the money and documents TRUST NO ONE IN IRAN although they look really nice to you!and be careful when you go across the street the cars wont stop for you!
    سفر خوش!

  82. Hi ! I’m an Iranian girl . As you say taroof is really confusing ! Sometimes it also confuse us too . But don’t worry ! You will get through this . Travel to Iran ! I bet it will be one of your best experiences ever .

  83. I’m a 14 year old Iranian boy. you can accept tarof and the you might not see a bad reaction but it doesn’t have a good form

  84. OMG that’s awesome facts about us up there
    Yeah most of these facts are true
    For example if i see a traveler confused here and don’t know what to do of course I’ll help him/her and of course I’ll invite him to my house
    About that taroof that’s aswome it’s not too hard to find out how should you use it just need a little time and experience and trail and error
    I think the biggest problem here is that just there is few guy’s like me can speak and understand English completely (master of self reliance)
    You’ll probably have some problems with language but not a big deal

  85. Hi, can i ask you what is your job?
    i mean how can you traveling to another country and dont go to your work,
    And how can you earn mony?

  86. But the question is how safe and friendly is Iran for LGBT people? I bet not much.

    I think it is always a good advice to end an article like this by warning LGBT people to avoid visiting Iran as it is not safe for them.

  87. I’m a Iranian.
    I love all tourists becuse they are visitors.
    I’m think must help a tourist because everybody is human.
    Taroof in iran a old costum but I’m while try to help is serious.
    If ours government is murder it’s not Iranian people fault.
    Thank you

  88. This a very very good, thx for your positive opinion, you’re welcom anytime, we love our guest it’s a blessings, if you need place to stay and anything next time let me know no taarof BTW haha always welcome, much love from iran

  89. i am a Iranian kid living in china and i was really happy that you sent this, most people say iranians are terrorists and it really hurts my feeling because its impossible to find a terrorist here in Iran, and Iran is the safest country in the middle east. Thank you so much for not listening to the rumors and coming to Iran and sharing your thoughts 🙂

  90. Hi
    I read all of your notes about us and I enjoy with that. thanks
    I hopeful you and you’re friends coming again to iran and me and my family will glad to be your host in our home in Tehran

  91. Hi I am Iranian and I live in Mashhad and I think there are nice and awful people in my country it’s about your luck. to who you get involved. (can’t speak very well excuse me if i had errors.)

  92. Well I’m an Iranian and I really hate OUR PEOPLE!I really can’t understand why they’re only kind toward WHITE foreigners!Well,goat,I believe you are lucky.Iranians would do anything to keep their face even as far as to lie!My people treat whites like celebrities but as soon as they see a black or chinese(for example),they just avoid them!What we Iranians lack is HUMANITY!And for sure if you have visited a damn place like TEHRAN(Where I am)You surely would have changed your mind.It’s so stupid that we don’t help our own kind but are super generous to white foreigners…I wish we were more like Japanese people…
    And about religion…I can say for sure that we don’t have a complete Muslim cuz Islam prohibits Muslims from lying but this is what we Iranians are professional at

  93. They Just treat good with western People. They treat so bad with estern Like arabs and Afganian and pakistanian People.i hate them

  94. Im Iranian and I want to add an important note here:

    “DO NOT COME TO IRAN, because you might experience the best trip that you have all over your life” 🙂

  95. hi
    I am an Iranian.
    We’ve traveled the country happy.
    Thank you for introducing my country to others.
    I can not speak good English.
    Just wanted to say thank you.
    Again, travel to Iran
    bye ^_^.

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