So we ended Asia in Central Asia. That’s near Middle East, the area that we are heading to next!
Ending Central Asia, I will enter Middle East through Tbilisi, Georgia. Some things to add to the Tbilisi list!
- Explore Old Tbilisi
- Sulphur baths
- Borjomi National Park
- Gallery 27C
- Cable car to Narikala fortress
- Book a day trip to Kazbegi
- Open subway market – Station square
- Dry Bridge Market
- Try Kachapuri and Khinkhali
- Wine tour
Iran is huge and one of the few countries that has that many climates and environment. She is so beautiful and people are simply genuine.
Itinerary for Iran: Tehran, Shiraz (fly from Tehran), Persepolis (day trip from Shiraz), Isfahan (bus from Shiraz), Qazvin (bus from Isfahan), Alamut Valley (day trip from Qazvin).
Note: You might have issues if you are American (hold a US passport).
In Tehran, Golestan Palace, the grand bazaar, Saadabad palace complex, Darband, and the Holy Defense Museum, aka the weirdest museum you’ll ever meet. It’s all about the Iran/Iraq war, so it was really interesting to see how they’ve dealt with it, but holy propaganda, Batman.
Persepolis, the ancient city sacked by Alex the Great.
In Shiraz, the Pink Mosque is amazing, even if you go on a cloudy day. Do check out the bazaar, citadel, pars museum, the tomb of hafez, the big park on the mountain, and the Eram gardens (so nice!).
In Isfahan, explore a million mosques, the main square, the palace, and the Armenian cathedral. Also run around the ruins of the Zoroastrian fire temple.
Qazvin. Skip the city but go hiking in the Valley of the Assassins. That is a must.
Classical Middle East
From Iran, I will start my road trip of Middle East in Kuwait. Kuwait is another really fancy country in the Middle East. I have heard stories in Qatar that there are certain types of people you cannot offend. One of them are the Kuwaitis. Also, they look really good looking. So I have to take a trip to see what Kuwait is like. From Kuwait, I plan to go to Bahrain and then Qatar.
After Qatar, I will take a flight to Muscat, Oman. Oman has been my dream destination since summer 2015. The springs in Tiwi to the Wahiba Sands, Oman looks beyond stunning.
Moving up, we have Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Growing up in a rich country like Singapore, I am curious about how the way of life in UAE. I have heard many trevel stories on UAE and social issues they face. Yet, the country is a whole new level of luxury. I guess I had a taste of a new level of luxury in Qatar, and I can’t wait to see my reflection in one of the pure gold Lamborghinis in UAE.
After UAE is the land of the best night parties: Beirut. I met a friend in Austria and he grew up in Beirut. He told me all about the crazy party life there. Beirut is also one of the best places to party in the world (according to my own bucket list). I have to be there.
After Beirut, Jordan is huge on my list. The Petra, one of the world’s wonders, together with all the ancient tombs. Amman, Jordan is a city mixed between the old heritage and new culture. I hope to see the Roman Amphitheatre and compare it to Rome and Athens.
Israel is not only fascinating because it has one of the oldest cities in the world, Jericho, but also because Israel has come a long way. Growing up in a Presbyterian school, I have heard many bible stories of Israel and Jerusalem. It is a pity that the country has opposing religious faith. However, it is why I would love to visit the country. To hear about the situation from the people living there, to see their way of live and to understand their culture. The Jews have come a long way and survived despite all the horrible things done to them in history. I really do want to learn from them and understand the culture.
In the last part of Middle East, Eilat is located at the borders of Israel and Egypt (Africa). It is just by the gulf, which is a popular trading hub.
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