East Timor Travel Guide

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East Timor Highlights

  • Pro
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     An Unexplored Land 

  • Con
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     Not ready for maistream tourism, dangerous these days 

  • In a nutshell
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     A little country with a big heart facing a new invader 

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Dili

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38,55,6

Tutuala

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8,5,0

Oekusi

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11,30,0

Baucau

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/East_Timor/Baucau-1492653/TravelGuide-Baucau.html

7,11,0

Baguia

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/East_Timor/Baguia-1493113/TravelGuide-Baguia.html

2,3,0

Com

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/East_Timor/Com-1493192/TravelGuide-Com.html

5,6,0

Baguia

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/East_Timor/Baguia-1492657/TravelGuide-Baguia.html

0,2,0

Dili

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  • Thai in Timor

    Dili Restaurants

    An interesting mix of Lebanese and Thai food. In terms of atmosphere, view, mix of food and just general chillout vibe, it doesn't get much better than this! Fantastic view, over looking the bay, right on the beachside, great for sunset. The staff are friendly and it is great value for money. Larb Gai/Spicy Chicken Salad - full of fresh herbs and...

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  • Discovery Inn

    Dili Hotels

    Avenida Presidente Nicolau Lobato, Dili, East Timor

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • The restored presidential residence

    Dili Off The Beaten Path

    When we were driving up the road from Dili to Aileu and Maubisse our driver stopped at a vantage point to show us the official residence of Timor Leste's president. Used mainly for representative purposes, because Ramos Horta has a private home which he prefers.What our driver did not say, was that this same mansion was once the residence of "the...

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Tutuala

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  • Lack of Plumbing

    Tutuala Favorites

    Tutuala does not have the modern conveniences of most towns.Water:There is no running water in the entire village. The installation of plumbing and bathroom fixtures in the Pousada de Tutuala was simply done in anticipation of when running water may grace the town. All of the villagers must walk down to the base of the hill about 1.5km away and...

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  • Dong Son-style Houses

    Tutuala Local Customs

    These style homes, known as Dong Son, are found only in the eastern-most Tutuala District.These structures are very tall, elongated from the base on stilts. There are some more popular ones along the main roads, however the smaller villages and side roads will have examples too. Just keep your eyes open.They are odd looking, being much more tall...

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  • Leneara and Ilikerekere Caves

    Tutuala Things to Do

    Leneara Caves and the Ilikerekere Caves are well hidden in the jungle overgrowth. There are no sign posts, nor trail head markers, therefore you must hire a local guide. You may negotiate this from anywhere between $7 and $20 depending on your bartering skills.The caves are formidable in size and offer many ancient petroglyphs dating back thousands...

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Oekusi

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  • Overland to Oecusse

    Oekusi Transportation

    If you have flown to Dili, you can take the ferry for a side-trip to the enclave Oecusse. But we started out in Indonesia, so we tried the route overland from Kupang via Kefamenanu to the border and Pante Makasar on the Oecusse coast.Once in Kefa - by bus or otherwise - one has to proceed to the pasar lama where one can get on a minibus or ojeg to...

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  • A legacy of destruction

    Oekusi Things to Do

    Unlike in Dili, the destruction wrought by the militias in 1999 is still visible everywhere in Oecusse. All buildings constructed during the Indonesian occupation from 1975 to 1999 have been throughly burnt, only the brick walls left standing. Some historic buildings were destroyed too for good measure.Schools and a medical clinic (puskesmas in...

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  • No ATM in Oecusse!

    Oekusi What to Pack

    Be sure to bring enough money to Oecusse, USD in small notes. There is no ATM and the one bank office serves local customers only. USD 50 p.p. a day will do: accommodation USD 15, food USD 15, transport USD 10 (an ojeg ride in town costs USD 1, the same for a microlet ride out of town), reserve USD 10.

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Baucau

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  • Good view and food

    Baucau Restaurants

    Located in the heart of the old town, this cafe is accessible by foot from just about anywhere, so it location is key.Also, it has a nice back deck that provides you with a nice view of the mountain slope and gives you a refreshing breeze to cool off by. The local foods are all great. They have boiled fish, grilled fish and lots of other local...

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  • Best restaurant in "New Town"

    Baucau Restaurants

    This restaurant was pointed out to me by a couple of local UN workers who had been staying in Baucau for months. The restaurant lived up to their words and gave me a great meal.The menu has lots of local dishes as well as a couple western ones. The owner spoke a bit of English and was quite polite and helpful. The local dishes of noodles and fish...

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  • Getting Cash

    Baucau Favorites

    After leaving Dili, traveling in East Timor becomes a much more "cash-only" destination. Baucau may be your best and last chance to get cash before heading further East or South into the more remote corners of the island.There is a ANZ Bank in Baucau with a fully functional ATM that accepts foreign cards. To get there, any local should be able to...

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Baguia

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    Some of the most exciting rock climbing is to be found in Baguia.
    Locally you can see the swordmakers who fashion replicas of old Dutch and Portuguese swords from scrap metal and make an almost perfect copy - right down to the date using primitive techniques. These can be used as part of a bride price

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    • Mountain Climbing
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Com

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  • Private Beach

    Com Things to Do

    During my drive along the north coast of Timor, there were no shortages of empty beaches and coves. Among them, I found this particular beach to be the best. The beach was about 2km long and I did not see another person, nor even see a car pass the road for over two hours.The sand is soft and clean. The water is warm and visibility is great. There...

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  • Portuguese House

    Com Things to Do

    At the far east edge of town, there is the remains of the old Portuguese House. Back when Timor was a Portuguese colony, the Portuguese could be found at various places on the island to help facilitate trade, administration, etc.Just a few minutes walk past the Com pier, past what I have named "Goat Beach", you can find the foundations and walls of...

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  • Walk the town and talk to some locals

    Com Things to Do

    The people in Com live modest lives and they survive mostly with the income earned from the few "tourists" that come to town. I use that word loosely because most are expats from Dili who come to relax for the weekend.There are half a dozen ladies on the street selling TAIS. If you wish, haggle for a good price and share so of those hard earned...

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Baguia

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    by pgdf Updated Mar 28, 2005

    Some of the most exciting rock climbing is to be found in Baguia.
    Locally you can see the swordmakers who fashion replicas of old Dutch and Portuguese swords from scrap metal and make an almost perfect copy - right down to the date using primitive techniques. These can be used as part of a bride price

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Backpacking

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