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East Timor

East Timor

Etymology

“Timor” derives from timur, the word for “east” in Malay, which became recorded as Timor in Portuguese, thus resulting in the tautological toponym meaning “East East”: In Portuguese Timor-Leste (Leste being the word for “east”); in Tetum Timór Lorosa’e (Lorosa’e being the word for “east” (lit “rising sun”)). In Indonesian, the country is called Timor Timur, thus using the Portuguese name for the island followed by the word for “east”. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Pau de Canela – Portuguese Restaurant in Dili. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

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Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Guidepost Tours – Guidepost Tours, established in 1976, operate a programme of special interest tours and exclusive holidays throughout Australia and Overseas. Our specialty areas include Christian heritage tours and mission travel, rail tours including steam enthusiasts trips, war heritage journeys, garden tours and small group discovery holidays. Guidepost are also the Australian representatives of overseas tour operators specialising in these types of tours. [guidepost tours]

World Expeditions – We begin our exploration of East Timor in the Portuguese flavoured capital of Dili, visiting the symbolic areas of interest in the city, all of which recount East Timor’s turbulent history from both recent and colonial times. We drive through picturesque coffee plantations, rice paddies, forests and mountain ranges prior to trekking up Mt Ramelau (East Timor’s highest peak at 2964m) for a spectacular sunrise. [world expeditions]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Atauro Island – Thirty kilometers from the beaches of Dili is Atauro Island, accessible only via boat ride. Here, you’ll find world-class diving, walking paths, and are likely to catch a glimpse of the resident pod of dolphins. Atauro means “goat” in the local language, so expect to see many there too. [the crazy tourist]

Baucau – Baucau almost seems as if it could be two separate cities. In Old Town, you’ll find Portuguese colonial architecture while New Town hosts new buildings with an Indonesian influence. Stop by the bright yellow government building, formerly the town’s community market. [the crazy tourist]

Betano – Betano, an untouched black-sand beach, was once a Timorese kingdom. Today,Use Betano as a base to explore the nearby mangrove swamps spanning all the way to nearby Viqueque. Betano is often cited as a favorite stretch by Tour de Timor riders, who mountain bike the length of the entire country in just five days. [the crazy tourist]

Com – If you’re wanting a more resort-style stay in East Timor, come to Com, a small beach town on the eastern end of the country. The main road traces the coastline offering a variety of guesthouses and restaurants. Grab a glass of white wine and enjoy sitting at the beach and enjoying sunshine. [the crazy tourist]

Dili – Dili is East Timor’s largest city where you’ll find new restaurants, textile shops, produce markets, and seafood stands amongst thatch roofed homes. On the beaches of Dili, you can enjoy freshly cooked seafood, drink a coconut, and watch whales swim along the coastline during migration season. [the crazy tourist]

Jaco Island – Completely removed from any semblance of a crowd or tourism, Jaco Island is an offbeat oasis of white sand and an active marine life of reef sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, and technicolor fish. If you want to visit Jaco Island, hire a local fisherman to shuttle you from the mainland and back for the day (they might even catch you your dinner and prepare it for you for a small fee). [the crazy tourist]

Lake Ira Lalaro – The largest lake in East Timor, Lake Ira Lalaro is perfect for mountain biking around and exploring for a day trip. However, keep all of your activities land-based and avoid swimming as the lake is also home to the country’s largest crocodile population. [the crazy tourist]

Lautem – With a thriving bird population, beautiful beaches, and cave drawings, the Lautem region is a perfect mix of culture and nature. Almost defying gravity, the houses in this region are often placed atop narrow stilts, built completely with thin bamboo, wood, and dried grass. [the crazy tourist]

Marobo – Hidden and rarely visited, Marobo is perfect for a day trip from the town of Maliana. Take a dip in the Marobo Hot Springs, a natural spring on mountain foothills. To get to the hot springs, you’ll pass through Timorese homesteads until you arrive at the ruins of a resort. Though the resort is gone, a large pool, mud bath, and mineral bath are kept in full working condition, creating an eerie atmosphere. [the crazy tourist]

Maubisse – Maubisse is one of East Timor’s most popular vacation spots for international tourists and those residing in Dili alike. The town’s only hotel, Pousada de Maubisse, offers charming views but has not been renovated since the 1950s. [the crazy tourist]

Mt. Matebian – Mt. Matebian is one of the East Timor’s most sacred sites, with thousands of pilgrims making their way to the base every All Souls Day. Mt. Matebian is topped by a statue of Jesus Christ. If you’re interested in hiking to the top, take note that you’ll likely need more than twelve hours to hike to the summit and back. [the crazy tourist]

Mt. Ramelau – Hikers must visit Mt. Ramelau, where you can stay at the base in the town of Hatubuilico. The hike from bottom to top takes around six hours, with most hikers leaving before sunrise. After three hours of hiking, you’ll be greeted by a statue of the Virgin Mary, another one of the country’s famous religious icons. Near the summit of Mt. Ramelau is a church frequented by locals who wish to deepen their faith. [the crazy tourist]

Nino Konis National Park – Home to over 250 species of birds, wildlife, trekking trails, and more, this lowland rainforest is perfect for adventure seekers obsessed with nature. Keep an eye out for the Yellow-crested Cockatoo, a beautiful and intelligent bird that is critically endangered. Uniquely, the national park also incorporates a large portion of the Coral Triangle, a rich marine area for diving and snorkeling. [the crazy tourist]

Same – This village inland of the country’s coastline is a located between lush trees and offers an authentic look into small-town life in East Timor. Those in search of a souvenir will be happy rummaging through the local market, renowned for its crafts and tai, a type of textile. [the crazy tourist]

Suai – Suai is the south coast of East Timor’s main village, where the livelihood of most residents revolve around fishing. In Suai, you can watch traditional dancing, walk over the town’s smooth sandstone beaches, and explore the River Tafara. [the crazy tourist]

Festivals

Festivals

Festival for Peace (Festa ba Dame) – Held in June, the Festival for Peace is a series of shows and exhibits performed and organized by the youth who attend intensive art, multimedia, dancing, and music lessons at Ba Futuru. It aims to promote personal growth and improve the life of those living in conflict-prone areas of Dili, as well as those who are impacted directly or indirectly by violence. [iexplore]

Festival of Culture and Food of Timor-Leste – Held early in the year (March), the annual Festival of Culture and Food of Timor-Leste aims to share the Timorese culture with the world. Expect traditional dances, music, and many other forms of entertainment, enhanced by good eats. [iexplore]

Independence Restoration Day – Observed May 20 as a public holiday, this day in 2002 marked the UN’s transfer of sovereignty to the newly elected East Timor government. Festivities take place nationwide with Mass at church and tributes paid to those who fought for freedom. [iexplore]

National Heroes’ Day – Observed on December 7, this public holiday pays tribute to the country’s many heroes in the fight for independence while also remembering the day of the 1975 invasion of East Timor by Indonesia. [iexplore]

National Youth Day – November 12 marks the anniversary of the massacre of Santa Cruz, which occurred in Dili in 1991. A public holiday, this tragic day saw peaceful, pro-independence protesters massacred by Indonesian military forces. [iexplore]

Ramelau Cultural Festival – Named after the country’s highest peak, the Ramelau Cultural Festival is the biggest cultural event held outside of the capital in East Timor. It is based in the Ainaro district and held late in the year usually in October. The three-day event of cultural pride honors Mount Ramelau, a symbol of Timorese pride and unity. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By boat – The Oekusi (Oecussi) Enclave, Ataúru (Ataúro) Island and Dili are well connected by ferry. A boat ride to Jaku (Jaco) Island will prove to be a memorable experience. An added attraction here is that the fishermen also cook fish for you on request! [wikitravel]

By bus – Buses, mostly of the small variety found on remote Indonesian islands, run to most parts of the country and main cities like Dili, Baucau, Maliana, Los Palos and Suai are quite well linked. Indonesian-style bemos (vans) and mikrolets (minibuses) – legacies from its 24-year rule – run from these cities to nearby villages. [wikitravel]

By car – Taxis are one of the best means of transport in and around Dili. Fares are not very steep ($1-3) and there are lots of them! However, you do need to negotiate the price with the driver first before hopping on. There are few taxis in the evening so do expect an extra $1-$3 more on your trip, especially if it’s really late and your destination is far. [wikitravel]

By motorcycle – Motorcycles/scooters are a great way to see the country: you’ll be afforded the freedom of traveling wherever you want at any time, and will have a rather small responsibility in terms of a bike to park over night. Bungee cords may be purchased from Star Moto in Baucau to fasten your luggage to the bike. [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Timor Leste – Timor Leste, East Timor to some, has seen the iron grip of colonizers dating back in the 16th century, starting with the Portuguese, then with the Dutch. In the 20th century, its neighbor Indonesia took over. Before its 2002 independence, Timor Leste’s campaign to freedom left a trail of lost lives, which left echoes of destruction on the land and the people. Yet with its independence in the 21st century, Timor Leste decided to leave all that was lost behind and start anew. Asian yet European at the same time, Portuguese influence is delicately intertwined in the culture, which is both refreshing and alluring. Moving to Timor Leste? [expat woman]

Timor- Dili Expats and Travellers – A spot to find out information about things to do in Dili and Timor-Leste, for travellers, expats, adventurers. Hotels, transport, diving, cafe, restaurant. [facebook]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

Places in East Timor

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