Kupang is the capital of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT). Despite the city’s scruffy waterfront, sprawling gnarl of traffic and a lack of eye-catching architectural elements, this is a place you can get used to. Besides, there are atmospheric markets in the centre, spots to relax beside locals and a smattering of nearby natural wonders. The energy can be contagious – it's a university town, after all – even if you're just popping in and out.

Kupang's a regional transport hub, but don’t be surprised if between trips to the interior, Alor or Rote you discover that it grows on you. England’s Captain Bligh had a similar epiphany when he spent 47 days here after that infamous mutiny on the Bounty in 1789.

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Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Kupang.