Welcome to Same & Betano
Same (Sah-may), 43km south of Maubisse, is a lush town at the base of a picturesque valley. There’s a great little handicrafts market in the centre. It was the scene of an amazing escape by 'rebel' Alfredo Reinado in March 2007; Reinado vanished despite being surrounded by Australian Special Forces complete with helicopters. This wasn't his first escape: he escaped Becora Prison in 2006. He was eventually shot dead after an attempted assassination of José Ramos Horta in Dili in 2008.
The nearby coastal village of Betano (27km away) was the landing point of Australian soldiers who fought the Japanese in WWII.