Question: I'm off to spend a couple of weeks in Iran and rather excited and totally loving the idea of spending time in such an enigmatic country. I know a little of the sights and places to see and have been reading up and learning slowly; about where exactly, I should be concentrating on. An abstract itinerary or inspiration would be so appreciated :)
Also are you able to give me a few of the do's and don'ts, rules, likes and dislikes of the local populace.
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Some of the culture of country is below:
1. Tipping is not customary in Iran but is appropriate in restaurants, to drivers, travel-related services, hotels, and the amount is around 10% of the total amount in restaurants, and 2,000 - 5,000 tomans (2-5usd) to others, depending on the service, quality.
2. Like many countries Iran relies on a culture of bargaining but a rule of responsible travel says
“To the traveller this seems to represent a challenge to haggle relentlessly over the miniscule amounts of money which they wouldn’t give a second thought about in everyday life.
Bear in mind that a small amount to you, can represent a day's food or more to the vendor.
Bargaining should be done in good humour and even though you will inevitably be paying an inflated price. Bargain in the spirit of the situation, not as a means of competition.”
It is not true that every price is negotiable. In department stores, and higher class shops, where the items are labeled with prices, you won’t find any room for bargaining, but is traditional shops and in Bazaars, bargaining is a common practice.
3. Ta’arof is not limited to locals and even with foreigners; it can be deeper and more serious. You are not expected to follow, but being ignorant normally does not give a good impression to your audience. You can use the word "bi-Ta'arof" to express that you are asking them to avoid, or stop Ta'arof with you.
4. Punctuality, the time is a bit slow in Iran. But if you want to, you can keep asking everyone to be on time with you, and it can have the impact on making things better. It is suggested to relax and be prepared for the "as soon as I can" style.
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