Places to visit in East Timor

When you travel to East Timor, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in East Timor, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in East Timor to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to East Timor things to do can include exploring East Timor attractions and visiting the places of interest.

IntegrationMonument situated on a 10 meter high pedestal isa statue of a Timorese in traditional dress, breaking chains round his wrists.  The house of Bishop Carlos Belo can be stopped by too.

During the nation’s struggle for independence, The Motael Church played an integral part in it. It is one of the oldest religious places in Dili resembling the old Portuguese-style church. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the largest in South East Asia.

Museums are an essential part of any place which has an ancient heritage and culture. ResistanceMuseumgives insights of Indonesian-Timorese conflict. The museum is very fascinating. You can do some souvenir shopping there. The Xanana Gusmão Reading Room is a library-museum reflecting East Timor’s history. It is also a cultural center displaying photos and information about former President Xanana Gusmão.

Landmarks are those places which are very famous and well known and has some significance related to the place. One of the main tourist attractions in East Timor is the statue of Cristo Rei of Dili which is considered to be the second largest statue in the world. DiliGovernmentPalace complex is a white building and is open to all.The Fatima Statue in a park near Xanana’s Reading Room stands tall. At the backdrop of CapeFatucama beach stands Statue of Jesus on the east of the coastal city. Overlooking the hilly terrains of MountRamelau also standsa statue of the Virgin Mary.

If you have an adventurous bone then East Timor is a perfect place to be at. The most suitable time for trekking in Timor is during the month of March until November. Oecussi provides some fantastic mountain biking trails.MountRamelau Ainaro,Mt.Kablaki and Mt.Matebian are famous adventure spots.If you are a water creature, you can enjoy various adventure sports.

There are many beaches on the coast of Dili and there are always things to do in Dili.Two of the most impressive coastlines in Dili are CapeFatucama and Areia Branca providing many facilities for expats and tourists. You can experience breathtaking views of the sunset. Island hopping and Diving are other popular activities in Dili.In Tutuala, AtauroIsland and JacoIsland are famous among divers, snorkelers. In Atauro local divers and fishermen, fish using goggles and spear guns. Corn and JamIsland also have diving sites.

There are some really good restaurants near the coast with good food and view. Atasquinha is popular for its grilled dishes whereas Seahorse is known for Balinese cooked food. Rock garden has some good Japanese cum Asian style dishes. For Padang style meals head to Terrace café and for Turkish cuisine Kebab club is famous. Gion is another great place for Japanese food and Denpasar Moon for Indonesian style cooking. Bagan Beach Cafe Restaurant and Golden Star are worth trying too. Little pattaya serves delicious budget meals.Food-L-Do’s stuffed crust Peperoni Pizza is heavenly.Caz Bar has the best pancakes.

Ikan sabuko is a specialty made of Spanish mackerel mixed with tamarind, basil and capsicum  mostly served with budu (tomato, mint, onion and lime sauce) and batar daan (a side dish). Tapai is a local delicacy made of fermented rice dish having a sweet, sour taste. Caldeirada is generally cooked during celebrations. Coffee is widely available everywhere therefore many coffee drinks are found in many cafes and restaurants.

Who doesn’t want to enjoy some relaxing moments, chill a little and dance to some funky tunes when out on a trip? After all, the idea behind a vacation is to relax and enjoy, forgetting all the worries. Beach front bars are great night spots in Dili, East timor. Castaway Bar is a popular place to for drinks. For late night drinks stop by at Nautilaus or Gion. Roo Bar and one more bar are known among tourists. Caz Bar has some great food and drinks to offer. In Timor-Leste Atlantic bar & grill is best in terms of service and quality. AAJ Bar is another place where both locals and tourists enjoy spending time. Di Za serves some delicious cocktails and is a must try.

Shopping in East Timor can be exciting for tourists who like to collect souvenirs and small memories about the place they visit. Coffee and 'tais' (traditional hand-woven cloth) are two things you must bring home and are found everywhere. The best place to find tais is the tais marketwhich is unique and famous in East Timor. The market is known forbags and silver jewelry. You also get ethnic woodcarvings, embroidered fabrics and batik cloth. Waterfront fruit stalls are popular and sells fresh fruits like Mangoes, papayas and bananas. TimorPlaza is a commercial mall with big chains of restaurants and shops. Comoro market is another main market for local supplies. There are numerous handicraft shops and gallery where the local artwork and weaving work can be found.

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