The Iranian coast along the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormoz is different than the country inland. Here the ancient Persian culture meets the Arabic world in a diverse and chaotic manner. The women's burkas are also more colourful here (well, not entirely black) and some even wear the region's traditional mask, as a state of fashion. A good place for seeing these oddly attractive masked women is the huge Thursday market in the pleasant town of Minab. People come from all around the region to sell, buy, and browse this big and messy market, where everything from the latest plastic gadget from Arabia to livestock and, well, masks are for sale.