Introducing Timor Leste
With mountains to climb and untouched reefs to dive, Asia’s newest country, Timor-Leste, is a winner. It’s home to a youthful population and a diverse international presence that adds just the right amount of spice. Its capital, Dili, has all the bright lights, but venture out for wild cultural experiences. Stay in a grand Portuguese pousada (traditional Portuguese lodging) on a misty hilltop, or at a quiet island ecolodge. Get rowdy dancing the night away at a Timorese wedding, journey down roads alongside herds of buffalo, then wind up through rainforests dotted with coffee plants. Keep an eye out for whales as you grip the cliffs along the north-coast road. Photogenic white-sand beaches with aqua waters tempt swimmers, and for those who want to delve deeper, Dili-based dive companies have spent the past decade discovering world-class dive sites. Trailblaze your way through this amazing country; it’s adventure with a smile.
Dili is a city undergoing a rapid transformation. Burnt-out buildings are being torn down and replaced with the city’s first skyscrapers, and there’s now a cinema, shopping mall and an array of stylish restaurants catering to Timor-Leste’s new cashed-up elite and expat community. But the juxtaposition between haves and have-nots is inescapable.