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“Timor - put it on your list” 5 of 5 stars
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Dili, East Timor
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“Timor - put it on your list”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2008

I spent 6 months in Dili and found the people warm and very friendly. The country is very picturesque, the waters are crystal clear with world class diving and fish galore.
Costs are very cheap, meals less that $6USD.
Security is no longer an issue and all disruptive elements and issues are resolved.
Well worth a visit.

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“Experience East Timor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2005

Having spent over 3 years in East Timor, from 2001 I can tell you it's an amazing place.

The locals are truly kind and generous, almost shy. The scenery from the small "city" that is Dili to the remote villages such as Los Palos, will constantly amaze you. As with the weather, always in the mid 30's along the coast, but head 10mins up into the mountains and you will feel the cool change. The land is very mountainous and the wet season show it off at its best. The view from Dili in the wet season when the mountains are covered in greenery is completely different to the view in dry season, where all you can see is brown dirt and dust.

There are plenty of places to stay around the island, from local basic accommodation places to magical old colonial "pousadas" and some well appointed hotels in Dili.

Food style ranges from traditional local fare - fish and rice, beef (usually buffalo) and rice available wherever you go to some western style restaurants in Dili. The food is influenced from the Portuguese era as well as the chinese influence and of course the indonesian influence. Bottled water is a must. Actually so is a bit of toilet paper or something of the sort as well. Once you get out of the main towns, bathrooms are few and far between and rarely are they very clean.

Things to do are mostly around the natural attractions of East Timor. Diving is wonderful (a few dive operators exist) as is the snorkelling. Try to take a trip to Atauro (a small island just off Dili) and stay in the locally run Eco lodge. Everywhere in East Timor the beaches are beautiful and unspoilt, the mountains are divine. Take the time to read up a bit about the history and culture and your time there will be a rewarding experience. The architecture is really interesting, and what is left standing is even more beautiful if you know little about the country's past.

Biggest tip for travelling in Dili is to be nice to the locals, accept it for what it is ( a poor & struggling nation that is not all about tourists) and drive carefully on the roads. Oh, and mind the mosquitoes, Dengue and Malaria definitely exist in East Timor. With that thought, the hospitals / emergency services are certainly not what you'd want to experience whilst in Dili!!!

If you are happiest travelling in comfort and style, it's not the place for you.

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