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Kerman’s Hidden Gems: Guide to Visiting Rayen, Kaluts, Mahan, and Kerman City

Kerman Province is Iran's second largest province. Situated in the southeast of Iran, it is home to diverse landscapes from deserts, mountains, historical cities, and ancient citadels. The hottest place on earth, Dasht-e Lut Desert or Kaluts, can be found in Kerman. The region also inherits a long history of human settlements which goes back…
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Kerman’s Hidden Gems: Guide to Visiting Rayen, Kaluts, Mahan, and Kerman City

Exploring Iran’s Persepolis & Necropolis: The Impressive Legacy of the Achaemenid Empire

Iran is home to one of the oldest ancient civilizations in the world. For many centuries, the country is a testament to one of the world's most powerful empires, conquering a huge chunk of Central Asia, the Middle East, all the way until Turkey. It has survived many wars, conflicts, and confrontations from its neighbouring…
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Exploring Iran’s Persepolis & Necropolis: The Impressive Legacy of the Achaemenid Empire

Yazd: How to Get the Most Out of Your Visit to an Iranian Tatooine (with useful tips!)

I have always been fascinated with the ancient city of Yazd. Situated on the high, desert plateau of the central Iran, the city is widely known for its mud-brick houses decorated with distinct windcatchers and tucked in between small alleyways. Being one of the important stops along the Silk Road, Yazd has a rich history of over…
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Yazd: How to Get the Most Out of Your Visit to an Iranian Tatooine (with useful tips!)

Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mt Merapi of Java, Indonesia (including the Lava Tour)

Mt Merapi. Here I am, standing at your foot, looking at you in awe. A smoke carefully finds its way out of its chamber, while the sun rises over the horizon overlooking the city of Yogyakarta. Mt Merapi may not be the highest mountain on the island of Java, but it is one of the…
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Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mt Merapi of Java, Indonesia (including the Lava Tour)

Surviving Tehran: A Practical Backpacker’s Guide

Tehran is a bustling capital city of Iran. It was turned into the official capital city of Persia since 1776 by Agha Mohammad Khan of the Qajar Dynasty after it was moved from Shiraz. The city is beautifully guarded by the Alborz mountain in the north, which can often be seen from certain parts of…
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Surviving Tehran: A Practical Backpacker’s Guide

Best of Iran: The Perfect 15-Day Itinerary For Your Life-Changing Trip

Iran is one of my favourite countries that I have visited. It is home to one of the oldest civilisations in the world. It has varied landscapes, impressive architectures, stunning mosaics, great history, and delicious foods. The people are the nicest and their hospitality often surprised me. That's why I visited Iran twice: in 2011…
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Best of Iran: The Perfect 15-Day Itinerary For Your Life-Changing Trip

A Day Trip to Abyaneh: Iran’s Most Beautiful Ancient Village

Abyaneh is one of the oldest villages in Iran. It is known to have existed 2,500 years ago. Situated on the north-western slope of Mount Karkas between Kashan and Esfahan, this ancient village is a living museum of Iran, preserved for its cultural heritage, traditions, and unique beauty despite centuries of changing rules, dynasties, and…
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A Day Trip to Abyaneh: Iran’s Most Beautiful Ancient Village

4 Days in Yogyakarta: The Ultimate Itinerary for Instagram-Worthy Spots

Yogyakarta or Jogja had been on my bucket list for a long time. It was one of the regions in Indonesia that I would like to visit. Its history, kingdom, culture, arts, and Borobudur are the main reasons why I want to set my foot here. Surprisingly, Jogja has so much to offer! It's no…
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4 Days in Yogyakarta: The Ultimate Itinerary for Instagram-Worthy Spots

24 Hours in Tehran: Through the Eyes of Locals

I always wondered if Tehran would treat me the same way it treated me when I travelled here 6 years ago. Before I came here for my second visit (and this time, with my husband), I told myself to control my expectations. Societies change. People change. Cultures change. And Iran is no exception. What did…
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24 Hours in Tehran: Through the Eyes of Locals

4 Local Restaurants You Have to Try in Tehran, Iran

Tehran is a huge city and if you ask an Iranian what their favourite restaurants are, they'd usually ask you back, "Which part of Tehran do you want to go to?" There are simply many choices that you can choose from. So here are the 4 restaurants that were recommended to me by many of…
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4 Local Restaurants You Have to Try in Tehran, Iran

Visiting Tochal: A Mountain That Looms Over Tehran

Since we came to Iran during the winter season, we decided to have a look at one of the famous ski resorts in the country -- Tochal. Skiing in Iran? Yes, you can do it and no, I'm not kidding :) . There are several great skiing resorts in Iran, including the famous Dizin. We…
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Visiting Tochal: A Mountain That Looms Over Tehran

Essential Guide to Applying for an Iranian Visa

When I travelled to Iran in 2011, only a handful of nationalities were able to enter Iran. The situation has changed since then and some of the restrictions were lifted to support the booming of Iranian tourism industry. For people from certain nationalities, getting an Iranian tourist visa can still be a confusing and daunting…
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Essential Guide to Applying for an Iranian Visa

Cheap Eats: 10 Best Local Foods in Kuala Lumpur

Unlike its rival city Penang (read: 10 Must-Try Halal Foods in Penang Island), Kuala Lumpur is not exactly known for its foods. Local Malaysians, especially Penangites, would often boast about life-changing foods that Penang can offer, which can't be compared to the ones that are found in KL. The great thing about KL is that…
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Cheap Eats: 10 Best Local Foods in Kuala Lumpur