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Lonely Planet Iran (Country Travel Guide) Paperback – July 15, 2008
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"Iranians are the most surprising people. Where you might expect them to be austere they are charming; rather than dour, they are warm, and instead of being hostile to foreigners, they are welcoming and endlessly curious".
"Iranians are not frightening people. They are generally warm and welcoming to an extent that can be embarassing to Westerners."
"...the Iranian system of courtesy [...] makes Iran a haven for travellers - you will be treated with unfailing politeness wherever you go."
Now compare this with the attitude taken by the racist idiot who wrote the previous (third) edition and one realises what a huge difference it makes when the guide authors actually appreciate and enjoy being in the country about which they write.
A welcome (and IMO absolutely necessary) new edition of the guide. Lonely Planet has shown shrewd judgment in replacing the previous one as well as its author.
This guide added immeaurably to my just-completed & thorougly enjoyable three-week vist to Iran. As the authors stress in the opening chapters, Western perceptions of Iran are largely based on government propaganda, ours as well as Iran's.
They also point out the huge differences between public and private life.
For example, alcohol may be government banned, but it is available for anyone who really wants it.
The Iranians are warm,friendly, and most of them do not hesitate to tell us "We love you! We love America!" Getting free of effusive schoolgirls--high school and university--who want to take our photos, can be difficult. I missed a mosque & a couple of old homes in Natanz because of this entrapment!
November was an ideal month, perfect weather throughout the country including sunshine in Tabriz and the Caspian Sea region which can be bitterly cold in the winter.
I didn't like having to wear the hijab in public, but this and no access to ATMs were small prices to pay for an invaluable experience. Burke and Elliott's Lonely Planet Iran makes both an ideal introduction to a visit and encapsulates everything one wants to remember about various sites from Persepolis to the flourishing bazaars in every city.
I would encourage everyone, especially Americans, to visit Iran. Ignorance on both sides is a problem that can be dispelled by first-hand experience.
* The maps are excellent. There are multiple maps of the largest cities and there are very helpful detailed maps of key sites such as Persepolis or the Haram-e Razavi shrine in Mashhad.
* There is thorough background information on culture, history and religion which helped me understand the country and the sites better. The general tone is benign and factual.
* The hotel and restaurant guides seem accurate and pragmatic. I had to trudge around a number of hotels in Tehran while searching for a room and the Lonely Planet descriptions seemed consistently on the mark.
* The specific coverage of cities and historic sites, and the suggested walking tours were helpful and accurate.
* There is copious and (allowing for the vagaries of the bus companies) accurate information on train and bus schedules, travel times and costs.
I often saw other travelers consulting various editions of this guide in Iran. It seems to have become the standard. It deserves it!
I used this Lonely Planet book Lonely Planet Iran (Country Guide)as a guide for my 12-day trip through Iran in December 2009 and affirm that the information in it is very, very accurate. It demolishes the many myths that exist about these incredibly welcoming people.
The distinction is that there is a vast difference between the Iranian PEOPLE and their GOVERNMENT. Many, many PEOPLE hate their government, love Americans, are not anti-Jewish, do not want war or a nuclear bomb and live in a unexpectedly open and safe environment.
There seems to be absolutely no danger for tourists. Indeed, my wife and other women in our small group of nine walked around the street at nighttime alone and with no hesitation.
Iranians learn English in high school; consequently, many people are exceptionally fluent and all seem to love to talk with visitors, especially the few Americans who visit their country.
All this and more can be learned from reading this book. Even those not personally going to Iran, this book can educate us all to what Iran is really like. It suggests that were it not for Iran's theocratic government, that our two countries could easily be friends. That's really something to think about.
John V. R. Bull
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An absolute must for travelling in Iran
Great background history and lots of info on main attractions.
Culture, religion, food also explained.
I found this guide book to be interesting and and certainly would use if I ever get to Iran. It is not too heavy and ideal for one's backpack. Photos are also nice.Published on January 25, 2013 by The Purple Bee
The Lonely Planet is a necessary evil but this edition is becoming cripplingly outdated. I understand a new version is out in January, but it's best to be aware that prices have... Read morePublished on August 5, 2011 by Tim Goodman
Due to the very small number of western visitors, few guidebooks to Iran are available. Of those offered by LP and Bradt the LP is definitely the superior. Read morePublished on June 13, 2011 by The Guardian
Just as ordered, timely delivery, price, etc all good. The book seems a good preparation. Will know in May how well it prepared us. Read morePublished on November 22, 2009 by Fspoon
This is the best review of the country. It is thorough touching on even the smallest towns and interesting side trips. Read morePublished on May 28, 2009 by Dana T. Beach
Great to refresh my memory of a visit some 35 years ago in preparation for a re-visit later this yearPublished on May 12, 2007 by W. Robertson