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Ahvaz

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Ahvaz (Persian: اهواز, also Romanized as Ahwaz) is a city in Khuzestan Province in South Western Iran.

Understand

Ahvaz is situated on the banks of the Karoun River, which splits the city into two large districts. The western half is mostly housing with some government departments. The eastern half is both residential and Industrial. The main train station is on the western side and the airport is on the eastern side. Extremely hot in the summer. Expect 45 degrees in July and August.

Get in

By plane

There are daily flights to Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz. There are weekly flights to Dubai-Kuwait City-Mashad. Airlines serving Ahvaz airport are Iran Air-Caspian Airlines-Mahan Airlines-Eran Air-Aria Air-Iran Air Tours-Iran Asseman Airlines.

There are many travel agencies, but the best and most trusted is OXIN travel agency that sits on the corner of the 7th street in Kianpars. They are a trusted company and have flight tickets for all the destinations in Iran, they also provide great vacation tours to Asian countries like U.A.E., Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Japan, Vietnam and many more.

By train

There are daily trains to Tehran-Khorramshahr and Bandar Imam Khomeini. Ahvaz is the major junction for trains heading from the southern ports to Tehran, and from Tehran you can change trains and go further to Mashad or Tabriz. There are 3 daily trains to Tehran.

By car

By bus

There are daily busses to many destinations in Iran 1.Ahvaz-Tehran- 2.-Ahvaz-Isfahan 3.Ahvaz-Shiraz- 4.Ahvaz-Mashad- 5.Ahvaz-Khorramabad. The main bus station is located in Kampelo for busses headed north(ie:Tehran)--- For busses headed east(Isfahan and Shiraz-Masjed Suleiman) the station is at 4 Lions Square--- South bound busses leave from Khorramshahr Square.

By boat

Get around

Taxis roam around the city 24 hours a day and are relatively inexpensive. Around 3000 tomans for the longest trip in the city. There are also taxi agencies everywhere, if you can't find one on your own, all the hotels have taxi agencies. Busses ply most innercity routes and are very cheap.

See

Being a oil business oriented city, there are not alot of interesting places to see in Ahvaz. Most people go to Kianpars street at night and stroll amongs the shops. You could visit the old and hectic bazaar area(Taleqani Street). The best places in Ahvaz are situated alongside the river. The river boulevard is a nice place to stroll and has many parks. One of the attractions of Ahvaz is the oil well flares situated on the border of the city, but it's only nice at night time.

  • Riverside Park, Kianpars, Ahvaz. Riverside Park the the oldest park of the city. It is located in Kianpars and beside the White Bridge. The view of Karoun river, white bridge, other side of the city and the islands are interesting.
  • White Bridge. The white bridge was the first bridge crossing Karoun river made by German engineers about 80 years ago. The bridge is now considered as the main symbol of the city.


Do

  • Sailing on the river. You can rent a boat and go sailing on Karoun river in many parks nearby the river.


Learn

Chamran (Ahvaz) University--Azad University with 3 Campuses--National Iranian Oil Company University

Work

Travel Agency's

There are many, but the best and most trusted is OXIN travel agency that sits on the corner of the 7th street in Kianpars.

They are a trusted company and have flight tickets for all the destinations in Iran, they also provide great vacation tours to Asian countries like U.A.E., Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Japan, Vietnam and many more.


Buy

All the Ahvaz neighborhoods have a local market place, the upscale shops are mostly situated alongside Chamran Blvd.(Kianpars), Zeitoon Karmandi (Cheetah Square), and the main bazaar is on Taleqani Street.

Eat

Budget

There are many sandwich shops and fast food shops in the city. Most are average. Good ice cream store located in a cellar below a cake store. Haji Baba Coffe Shop can be found next to the bazar, heading towards the white bridge.. No english spoken.

Mid-range

Oxin Hotel Restaurant- Try the Shir Mahi(Fish) Kebabs and they also serve great Meat Kebabs. They have specials that change daily, my favorite is the Shrimp.

Athena Pizza in Kianpars serves excellent deep dish pizzas.

Pizza Pizza in Zeytun is the best, make sure you visit this location if you visit Ahvaz, the Pizza Pizza in Kianpars is not that great!!!

Splurge

Astoria Hotel Restaurant-Expensive and below average food.

Drink

You cannot legally find alcohol in Iran so your drinking is limited to soft drinks and fruit juice. There are many good fruit juice shops in Ahvaz and you will find them easily. In the summer stay away from Cantaloupe juice and Banana milk shakes.

Sleep

Budget

There are many mehmansara (Guest House) in Ahvaz. Most don't admit foreigners and the ones that do are not up to foreign standards. But they are inexpensive. Naderi Hotel is a decent one.

Mid-range

Oxin Hotel is near the airport and is moderately priced. It has an excellent restaurant and the rooms are clean and they have great air conditioning. They also have large screen televisions in the lobby and mostly show football games. They speak very good English and can help you arrange any kind of tour or transport. Hotel Iran is reasonably ok, but make sure u ask for a room on refurbished floors. BASIC english spoken. Restaurant good and reasonably priced at around 9000 toman for a chicken kebab. Chuchey kebab. Plenty of hot water and good AC in refurbished rooms.

Splurge

Fajr (Former Astoria) Hotel is the best hotel in the city. It is situated by the riverside and has great views but it's expensive.

Contact

Stay safe

Cope

Not easy without Farsi.

Get out


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