Iran Tours from Malaysia

Travel Guide to Iran for the Malaysian Citizens

Among the Southeast Asian countries, the Malaysians may be more familiar with Iranians. Many Iranian students study at Malaysian universities and choose this beautiful country for recreation and enjoyment. The conversant of the Malaysians with Iranians has led them to show more interest in visiting the natural and historical attractions of Iran during the past few years.

You may travel to Iran as Malaysian citizens, individually or in groups, and visit every spot you wish without any limitation. However, traveling with a group guided by an experienced tour leader dominant the whole area and locals will give you a better insight to Iran, past and present; so, we advise you to travel in groups.

SURFIRAN Tours provides exclusive handpicked Iran tours and Iran tour packages with private guide. We offer small group, private tours and customized trips to Iran. Iran tours can also be arranged which suits the needs of an individual, a couple, a family or a group of friends.

How to Travel to Iran as A Malaysian

Fortunately, the Iranian government has close diplomatic ties with the Malaysian government, and as a citizen of Malaysia, you don’t need to get Visa. The 15-day tourist Visas are issued at all international airports in Iran. These visas can be extended to 30 days.

Iran Visa for Malaysia Passport Holders

Iran tourist visa is not required for citizens of Malaysia for a stay of 15 days (Extendable). Visa extensions are available at the Police Offices of Foreign Aliens in major Iranian cities for up to 2 months. Those who book a tour via SURFIRAN are eligble to get an extended visa for €10.

Iran Tours From Malaysia - A Travel Guide to Iran for the Malaysians
Iran Tours From Malaysia - A Travel Guide to Iran for the Malaysians

Direct Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tehran

Even though there’s a long distance between the two countries and the direct flight takes about 8 hours, thanks to the large amount of Iranian tourists visiting Malaysia, there are weekly flight from KL to Tehran. Mahan Air  has a direct flight to from KL to Tehran, whose costs varies between 1300-1500 Malaysian Ringgit, depending on the season.

I, personally, suggest Mahan Airline. It uses Airbus A340 aircraft with more comfortable seats and the passengers will be served with a number of Iranian hot meals. On the other hand, the airplanes AirAsia uses are Airbus A330, in which the seats pitch is low and you may feel more exhausted on an 8-hour flight. Besides, its in-flight meal and service is of the low-cost one.

Mahan Air office in KL:

Address: C-LG-01, Megan Avenue II, Jan Yap Kwan Seng 50450 KL
Tel: +603 2166 7977 | +603 2166 5977 | +603 2166 8977

Where to Buy Iranian Money?

The ‘Iranian Rial’ is the currency of Iran, which is abbreviated as IRR [code] in the marketplace, although the “Toman” (ten Rials) is the common currency among the Iranians and is used by them for money calculation and counting.

Due to the International sanctions against Iran, it has not connected to the International Credit (and/or Debit) Cards Network. Hence, MasterCard and Visa card are not applicable in Iran.

You may purchase Iranian Rial from several currency exchanges both in Iran and Malaysia. Some of the official currency exchanges at ‘Bukit Bintang Street’ as well as ‘Mid Valley Megamall’ will change your Ringgit for Iranian Rial.

You may also bring your money to Iran in Ringgit, Dollar or Euro and convert it to IRR at the currency exchanges located on ‘Ferdowsi Street’ at central part of Tehran. All these currency exchanges operate under the supervision of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran; so, there is no concern about the matter of exchange.

Every Season has its Charms

As a general rule, Iran is unbearably hot during the summer months, surprisingly cold in winter and beautiful in March, April, September and October. With this being said, Iran is more or less a 365-day per year destinations, and there are benefits to visiting, no matter when you go.

For example, if you’re able to tolerate the heat of summer (which regularly exceeds 40ºC and even 50ºC), crowd sizes tend to be smaller and prices tend to be lower. Likewise, while winter in Iran doesn’t allow you to enjoy spring flowers, fall colors or the correspondingly balmy weather, you can enjoy the country’s surprisingly awesome skiing, which is delightfully close to Tehran.

Iran Tours From Malaysia - SURFIRAN
Iran Tours From Malaysia - SURFIRAN

Where to Visit as a Malaysian?

You are our guest from a hot and humid country; thus, visiting a country with a different climate can make your trip even more fascinating. As an Iranian who’s lived for nearly 7 years in Malaysia, I’m familiar with your culture and spirits to a certain extent. Therefore, below comes my recommendations for a more :

The best times of year for the visit would be the last days of winter and the beginning of spring, together with the last days of summer and the birth of autumn. Among them, traveling in spring will coincide with celebrating the national and traditional ‘Nowruz’ festival in Iran, which is simultaneous with school closures in Malaysia. As a result, everything will be ready for an enticing irresistible journey.

I recommend you to consider 8-12 days Iran tour (according to your time) for traveling to Iran. The best course for you would be surfing Tehran, visiting IsfahanYazdShiraz, and the ancient cities of ‘Pasargadae’ and ‘Persepolis’.

Moreover, if you’re lucky, there will still be some snow on a number of mountains in Iran. Dizin ski resort located at north of Tehran, is the most important ski resort in Iran as well as the Middle East which will turn your day into a special and unforgettable one!

Travel Halal

Iran is a 100% Halal destination for those who want to enjoy their vacation without compromising their beliefs. so when they are on a tour to Iran, they do not need to ask the hotel receptionist to give them the list of halal restaurants in the city that they are staying.

All the public places such as shopping malls, subway stations, entertainment centers, parks, and even mountain shelters have separate prayer rooms for men and women.

Iran Tours From Malaysia
Iran Tours From Malaysia
Iran Tours From Malaysia

Is Iran Safe to Visit for Malaysians

If you only watch Western media you might not thing so but Iran is a safe country to visit. Visitors, even Americans, will be welcomed by locals with open arms. Follow the local customs and culture and you should have a great time on your visit to Iran. Iran is a safe place to visit for Malaysians.

Dress Code in Iran

It is important to respect the dress code when visiting Iran. Generally, women have to wear clothing that conceals their body parts. Bring a headscarf and wear this the moment you step foot in Iran. When you are in public you need to have your head covered. Women should also stick to loose fitting clothing. Men have it a lot easier in Iran. Stick to pants and don’t wear shorts. Long sleeves might be most appropriate in certain places but when it is hot a t-shirt is just fine. Read more…

Using Malaysian Mobile Services in Iran

You most likely use either of Celcom or Maxis operators, as most of the Malaysians do. The SIM cards of both operate in Iran via roaming. However, if the cost of using your own SIMs matters to you, you may use the “Visitor SIM” that provided by Irancell operator during your visit here. Their prices vary depending on the talking and data amount which start at about 12 Ringgits. The best places to buy these SIM cards are the international airports in Iran.

Why Choosing SURFIRAN as your Travel Company?

Dr. Banafsheh Farahani, the Managing Director, and I (Dr. Mahdi Eshraghi), the founder of company, are both graduated from Malaysian universities in tourism; I received my Ph.D. in Tourism from the National University of Malaysia while Dr. Farahani has the same degree from USM.

We are well familiar with the multicultural and multi-ethnic culture of Malaysia. We know the Malaysians’ needs, interests and concerns of the Malaysian people and no stranger to their official language. Above all, we love Malaysia and its soft-hearted kind people.

Malaysia is the second home for us. We understand that experiencing a memorable travel which offers high quality service at fair price will encourage our visitors to introduce us to the others. Hence, we will try our best to arrange a safe and impressive trip for the kind Malaysian people, one that’s never to be forgotten!


Fortunately, the Iranian government has close diplomatic ties with the Malaysian government, and as a citizen of Malaysia, you don’t need to get Visa. Learn more…

Iran tourist visa is not required for citizens of Malaysia for a stay of 15 days (Extendable). Visa extensions are available at the Police Offices of Foreign Aliens in major Iranian cities for up to 2 months. Those who book a tour via SURFIRAN are eligble to get an extended visa for €10.

There is one airline that flies direct from Kuala Lumpur to Tehran.  Mahan Air flight number W5 82 Kuala Lumpur – Tehran (KUL-IKA), duration 8h 00m, departure 23:15, Kuala Lumpur, arrival 02:45, Imam Khomeini.

The best time to visit Iran is in April-May and September-October during which the weather is rather mild. Read the season by season weather report here.

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    What People Say About Us

    Salam Dr Mehdi Eshraghi,

    I was one of the four ladies together with Prof Dr Rohany Nasir who went to Iran for the first time using your tour company. We had a good time throughout our holiday and wished we could have stayed longer. We were made welcomed by Prof Rohany’s former students in Isfahan who invited us to their homes and showered us with Persian hospitality.

    Thank you for giving us Maryam Hodaeian as a guide. She was very professional, efficient and at the same time receptive to the needs of four elderly ladies!! By the end of the holiday we became good friends and treat her like a daughter. We also had a good time with our driver Mohammad who drove us safely throughout the long journey and we were sad to say goodbye to him in Shiraz when we flew back to Tehran.

    We love all the places we visited and especially your food!! Compared to Turkey and Morocco I love Persian food the most as there are so many varieties!! InsyaAllah we will go back to visit other parts of Iran. Next time can you include a portion of Azerbaijan as well? I will definitely recommend your tour company to friends and families who are going to Iran.


    Tengku Fauziah Hazizah Tg Othman


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    Iran is a rich country in history, culture, flowers, fruits and nuts. People are very warm and friendly. Plenty of trees in city and town that provide shades. We had an inspiring time in Iran.

    We are very pleased with Surfiran as the tour agent. They responded fast in all email communication. Sufficient information is provided timely. Our guide Mr Mustafa is professional and caring. We are grateful to his help when one of our members has to shorten the trip due to family matters.

    One thing for Surfiran to take note is explain more clearly to us about the visa. We thought what is sent to us is the visa. It ended up just a notice and we have to pay for visa fee at the airport with that notice. We could have save some time if we knew about it beforehand.

    Overall, we are pleased with this trip. Thank you, Surfiran.

    Tan Bell from Singapore


    Marvellous and unforgettable experience

    Do yourself a favour and visit Iran. And if you would like a smooth, inclusive and carefree experience contact SurfIran.
    Everything has been great, Farzaneh helped us from day 1, there were a couple of small misunderstanding/miscommunication on behalf of the Australian operator, and Farzaneh went above and beyond to sort them out.

    The guides were fantastic, we spent a day with Sarjat in Tehran, followed by the rest of the tour with Arya. I will always treasure the memories I’ve made with these people and all the knowledge they’ve shared with us. Farzaneh called everyday to check that everything was good. I was very impressed by the level of attention.
    Hotels were great, clean, comfortable and top quality service.

    Definitely an excellent experience.

    Fantastic honeymoon experience thanks to SURFIRAN

    We had a great experience with Surfiran who helped us plan a customised honeymoon package that took us from Tehran to Kashan, Esfahan, the Central Desert, Yazd, Persepolis and Shiraz in 13 days.

    Everything went smoothly thanks to Farzaneh who was extremely prompt over email and Whatsapp and kept in touch with our guides the whole trip to make sure things were on track. The guides – Hosein, Kian, Ali and Sajad – were all professional, attentive and spoke fluent English, each with their own distinctive personalities and all passionate to show us Iran from a local perspective.

    I’ll admit we were rather cautious about going to Iran at first but the experience with Surfiran really changed our perspective. The level of service was comparable to what we were used to in Singapore and on trips to Europe and the hospitality and warmth far exceeding what we would have got from a mass tour.

    Kudos to the team and we hope to be back!


    My husband and I just returned from our tour a few days ago so every experience we had is still fresh in our minds.

    SURFIRAN arranged the tour just for the two of us. Though we had an itinerary, there was flexibility. From the day we stepped into Iran to the day we left, we were given very personalised service. Farzaneh, Sajad and Alireza are people we will long remember.

    Never have we ever been to a country (and we gave been to more than a hundred) where we were greeted with warmth almost everywhere we went! People on the streets, in the museums, on the trains, at the airport; everywhere. The traffic in Tehran may seemed chaotic but it is somehow it flowed smoothly.

    Out of bustling Tehran there’s so much to feast the eyes. The ancient sights, the old buildings, the bazaars, the museums, the traditional accomodations, the desert and not forgetting the food! With two days extention on our own, we had 11 wonderful days in Iran!

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    I visited Iran on September 2016 with SURFIRAN. Iran is an amazing country with much to see and do for everyone, and it is made even more enjoyable by the friendly & knowledgeable tour guides & locals.

    Matt HK

    My colleague and I are in tea business. We are working on a book about the stories of people behind your cup of tea. We were looking for someone to help us getting introduced to the tea industry and show us around in Gilan. SURFIRAN arranged everything for us: the contacts, the meetings, the cultural activities and the logistics.

    We were overwhelmed by the friendliness, the hospitality and the professional approach of both the team of SURFIRAN in Teheran and the guides they work with.

    It was business, but it never felt like that. It felt like coming home. We are already planning a next tour with a group!

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