Everything you need to know about travelling to Iraqi Kurdistan as a tourist, from safety to budget to transport, from a solo female traveller perspective.
From Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan, I wanted to cross over to Southeastern Turkey. I crossed the border at Ibrahim Khalil/Habur and here is my guide and report of the crossing.
From Duhok, I wanted to explore the small town of Amedi. I had read about this place where the Three Wise Men had come from, which was perched on top of a uniquely shaped plateau in the rolling hills of Kurdistan. I decided to take a day trip on my own this time and I … Continue reading Duhok and a day trip to Amedi
From Erbil, I explored three of Iraqi Kurdistan's biggest tourist attractions on the way to Duhok: Akre, Lalish and Alqosh.
Everyone had raved to me about Sulaymaniyah. However, it was actually Erbil that I came to really like. The city is Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. The central citadel has been continuously lived in for 7000 years, and is now a built up, manmade hill … Continue reading Erbil: a guide to Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital
I was really unsure what to expect in Iraqi Kurdistan. After crossing the border from Iran, my first destination was Sulaymaniyah, the region's second largest city. I had heard that Sulaymaniyah was a very modern, almost European-style city... whatever that really means. However, I can see how people would describe it in this way, with … Continue reading Sulaymaniyah: Iraqi Kurdistan’s cultural capital
My experience and guide to crossing the Iran-Iraq border at Bashmarq-Penjwen.
Although travelling through Esfahan, Yazd and Shiraz in Iran had certainly showed me the beautiful highlights of the country, I was still searching for more. I was searching for that place that would really grab me and pull me in; somewhere that would perhaps show me something unexpected. With 10 days left on my visa … Continue reading Iranian Kurdistan: Marivan and Hawraman Valley