I agree in all three points, although I had not Carnet Problem.
Rethinking of my stay at Hossein, I dont recomend it. These were my very most expansive nights and furthermore there were other situations I could still get angy about. He changed me money in a exchange office - I should not come in, because it would be more paperwork to change for a foreigner. I got no recept and a rate of 30.000 per Euro. A week later I changed alone and there was no paperwork and got 43.300 Rials per Euro!!! How could that be?
He wanted to test my bike around the corner, I expected him to be back in 5 to ten minutes. He was gone for more than two hours!
Well, but the Road from Van to Urmia was great.
Fuel is no problem at all. Irians have a card with a limit. If the limit is over they have to pay a higher price. This higher price is what I have to pay, but it is still nothing!!!
I dont know what you are driving, but there exists "Benzin" about 90 Octan and "Benzin Super". You get Benzin everywhere, but Super is rare and only in bigger cities at seldom petrol stations. Benzin - red colum; Super green column at the station.