- Category: Hong Kong
Name: Angus Lee
Country: Hong Kong
Email: anguslee at cheerful dot com
Photo: Reflection of our photo, Hafez, Shiraz, Iran
Date: 1-15 Apr. 2012
Hassan Mohit has been my tour guide for my half-month visit during the Easter holiday of 2012. We have been to Shiraz, Kerman, Yazd, Esfahan, Kashan, Tehran, and Hassan's home city Rasht using his Peugeot Pars.
Hassan knows the history of Iran very well. He was able to explain every historical background of the sights. I think it is because he is studying a History Master degree which helped him being more proficient on Iranian history. He speaks English very well too. And he showed a keen interest on learning other languages too. (He already learned a few Cantonese from me.)
Though the 15-day tour involved running through several provinces, Hassan has been driving safely (and on time). He always watches out the road condition despite, in my impression, most Iranian drivers do not care much about road conditions. He also cared for pedestrians and gave them priority using the road which I seldom see other Iranian drivers did.
As the Lonely Planet Iran guidebook suggested, Hassan is an easy-going person. He was being flexible on fulfilling my requests (like I wanted to go to a sight which was not on our original itinerary). He cared about my feelings too (shall I say it is customer-focused?). On the road, we met some (puzzled) independent travellers, Hassan was being very helpful assisting them like what he normally did to me.
I have stayed in Hassan cottage house in Rasht. The room was spacious, tidy, and clean. Hassan has set up a small area for displaying antiques (I think) he collected. It is quite interesting. I have also had dinner at his parent house with Hassan's family. They were very nice and welcoming people. Hassan's mother cooked some delicious meals and served home-made yoghurt. I liked eating them very much.
I would recommend Hassan Mohit to people who want to visit Iran with a delightful English-speaking tour guide.