TOP 10 Places to visit in Timor Leste
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10. Same, East Timor
Same is a city in the Same Subdistrict in the interior of East Timor, 81 kilometres south of Dili, the national capital. Same has a population of 7,413 and is the capital of Manufahi District, which was known as Same District in Portuguese Timor.
9. Jaco Island
Jaco Island, sometimes spelt Jako, is an uninhabited island in East Timor, a country occupying the eastern end of the island of Timor in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Wallacea. It lies within Nino Konis Santana National Park.
8. Mount Matebian
Matebian or Matebean is the third highest mountain in Timor Leste, after Ramelau.
7. Lake Ira Lalaro
Lake Ira Lalaro is a waterway in Mehara, Subdistrict Tutuala, Lautém District of East Timor. It is the largest freshwater lake on the island of Timor, and the largest lake in the country of East Timor.
Maubisse is a historic town in the hills 70 km south of Dili, in Ainaro District, East Timor. It is a popular tourist destination and a weekend visiting spot for people from the capital. The suco has 6,229 inhabitants.
Lautém is one of the districts of East Timor, on the eastern end of the island of Timor. It has a population of 64,135 and an area of 1,813 km². Its capital is Lospalos, which lies 248 km east of the national capital, Dili.
Suai is a city in East Timor, in Suai Subdistrict. It has a population of 9,866 and is located 138 kilometres to the southwest of Dili, the national capital. Suai is the capital of the Cova Lima District, which is in the southwest of the country.
Baucau is the second-largest city in East Timor, after Dili, the capital, which lies 122 km east of Dili. Baucau has about 16,000 inhabitants, and is the capital of Baucau, located in the eastern part of the country.
2. Atauro Island
Atauro Island is a small island situated 25 km north of Dili, East Timor, on the extinct Wetar segment of the volcanic Inner Banda Arc, between the Indonesian islands of Alor and Wetar.
1. Jesus Backside Beach, Dili
The beach is free and open for anyone. You don’t need to book a tour or pay for anything; you go there and enjoy its untamed beauty.The surrounding mountains highlighted by sneaking sun behind the eruption of clouds, the endless green-blue ocean water, the pieces of tree trunks and branches offering a contrasting beauty against the white sand- this has to be the most amazing place in the whole of Dili.
Dili, East Timor - Travel Around The World | Top best places to visit in Dili
Top best places to visit in Dili, East Timor
Dili lies on the northern coast of Timor Island, the easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands.
Dili is the largest city, chief port and commercial center of East Timor and also is the newest Asian capital.
Although there are not many tourist attractions in town but there are some interesting buildings like:
The Government Palace,
The Presidential Palace,
And the headquarter of the Ministry of Defense.
The most characteristic landmark is the Statue of Jesus that is constructed on a headland to the east of town.
The statue is about 27m tall and stands on a globe of earth and the view from across the bay is spectacular.
Of similar type but less famous is the Statue of John Paul II, located on the western side of the city.
Among the few places of worship, two are note worthy:
And An Nur Mosque.
East Timor is a developing country. It’s not cheap and there is much to be done.
Dili is a safe, charming, lazy little coastal city surrounded by wild nature.
And like in every other seaside city it has:
Several Nice Beaches;
Parks and Monuments;
A Small Port;
A Promenade, a popular hangout for the young;
And the National Stadium.
In Dili you can find fresh fruits, vegetables and fish.
But most of all a lot of nice people!
Intro & Outro:
A Tourist's Guide to Dili, East Timor/Timor Leste
How to spend 24-hours in Dili, capital of one of the newest countries in the world.
After a short hop aboard Nam Air from Bali, I land in sleepy Dili. The Hotel Timor is a good base to explore the city on foot, where I see the Presidential Palace, the Santa Cruz Massacre Memorial, the port area and a church. I see lots of great statues along the way, too.
Then I catch a taxi to the Christ monument, and make it to the top to admire the view. After a brief stop by Dili Lighthouse, I end my day in Timor Plaza, where I enjoy a cooling beer in a rooftop restaurant.
Jaco/Jako Island in Timor Leste - snorkelling in uninhabited paradise.
So this was the long awaited end of my Motorbike South Coast Tour. A great reward for this crazy exhausting but unforgettable trip. The island is tiny and cute but the road from Tutuala to the beach with boats is the worst in Timor. Only 4WD cars can pass. My motorbike withstood the challenge and took me up and down that ugly trail.
I am not the biggest fan of desert islands because they are all the same and I've seen quite a few of them. I find them all quite boring for a long stay because there is nothing to do but swim and fish. I tried to hike across Jaco but there are no trails and I quickly got lost and panicked which forced me to turn back. I snorkelled for about 2 hours and went back to Tutuala.
While the island is nice it not any different from many thousands of islands around Asia in Thai, Cambo, Viet which are in addition much more easily accessible.
So I would say it's not worth a special visit but if you find yourself somewhere in Lautem district you can give it a try.
Oh, and the prices are disgusting for transport and accommodation. The boat commute to the island is 10$ and it's like 700m. It's more expensive than to Atauro. Locals are obviously corrupted by the few tourists that come here and became greedy. Very simple and basic bungalos at the beach with toilet outside are like 20$ which is ridiculous cause it's not even on Jaco. In Cambodia I stayed in a bungalo on an paradisiac island for 5$ a night with a shower and toilet INSIDE.
I ended up staying in Pousada de Tutuala for 15$ a night for a tiny room with a floor bed no furniture. Other rooms were also super expensive considering their more than average comfort.
With the current situation I don't see any perspectives for Timorese tourism industry to win the competition for customers with other destinations like Bali, Thai and Cambo. The service is not worth the money locals ask here and you always feel a bit disappointed.
I for one have no intention to visit Jaco again. I saw it once, got mostly disappointed and will never come back.
My advice: if you have about 2-4 weeks of vacation and are entertaining different options - look closely at Thailand or Cambodia, they're as exotic and lovely as Timor, have got fantastic diving spots, but are cheaper with better service.
p.s. Timorese Ministry of Tourism must resign. They are a bunch of lazy old farts.
Pousada/pusada de Tutuala in Lautem district, Timor Leste
So I visited Jaco island Island at the end of my South Coast tour and decided to spend a night in Pousada de Tutuala. It's location is simply unmatched - on the top of a hill with breathtaking views of the rain forests descending gracefully to the deep blue sea. I watched the sunset and met the sunrise there and it was something unreal. But the best thing was that I was the only customer at the hotel that night and the staff left me completely alone at night. It was an interesting and a bit scary experience. The wind was whistling though my windows all night long and my sleep was quite wary. Actually I was pretty relieved to see the first rays of a new day in the morning.
Magnificent Ira Lalaro lake in Lautem district by motobike, East Timor
I happened to visit this spectacular area at the beginning of rainy season, when the lake was out of water after dry season. I hence failed to reach the open water which was far from the banks and hard to reach because of much mud around preventing me from advancing further.
The lake is famous as the major habitat of crocodiles in Timor Leste. I am really eager to come back here after the rainy season when there's plenty of water and to see the crocs.
Discovering Timor-Leste - Lonely Planet travel video
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Visiting Timor Leste - East Timor
East Timor, wonderful experience.
Timor-Leste, or East Timor, a Southeast Asian nation occupying half the island of Timor, is ringed by coral reefs teeming with marine life. Landmarks in the capital, Dili, speak to the country's struggles for independence from Portugal in 1975 and then Indonesia in 2002. The iconic 27m-tall Cristo Rei de Dili statue sits on a hilltop high over the city, with sweeping views of the surrounding bay. (Wiki)
Lowland - Brian Transeau
Marobo hot springs in Bobonaro district - land of fabulous landscapes in Timor Leste
I made this 2 days trip to Morobo hot springs by motobike at Easter 2016. I greatly enjoyed the road across this spectacular mountainous region - one of the most beautiful in East Timor. Heading out of Dili at around 8 am I passed by Batugade, Balibo and Maliana and I was held up by holiday ceremonial processions in different villages, hence I arrived to Morobo around 16:00 which was quite late so I had to stop for the night at a guest house in Batugade which was OK but too expensive to my concern - 30$ a night incl. breakfast (which I swapped for dinner)
On my way back I enjoyed very refreshing morning bathing in the sea and an amazing breakfast at the Maubara Fort restaurant.
The biggest issue of this trip is the road condition which worsens significantly after Maliana. 4wd is highly recommended although I met an Indonesian family in Morobo that arrived by minivan.
Timor Leste - Day 2 Thursday 16th 2018
Timor Leste - Day 2 Thursday 16th 2018 Incredible day visiting Liquica to see my grandma's old house, I cannot believe that it is still standing there all those years since my family moved to Sydney Australia. I feel like I have come full circle, to see where I was born. I cannot thank enough to my good friend Geoff for making this trip a reality. I also like to thank my cousin Nathaliho for all his help driving me to Liquica and also showing me his hometown in Maubara. I like to thank Wennie and her family for the beautiful dinner at Ramelau Hotel, it was really nice meeting your family.