East Timor Travel Overview

East Timor Travel Overview

At a glance

Capital: Dili (See more on ITYPEMBA.COM)

Official language: Tetum, Portuguese

Currency: Dollar 1USD = 0.91EUR

Continent: Asia

Between a hammock and hiking boots

In Timor-Leste you can travel well and see a lot of beautiful things. It is therefore not a country where you can take a club vacation. If you feel like it, you’d better go to Dubai.

Location East Timor

According to Countryaah, East Timor is one of the youngest countries on earth. The country on the island of Timor has split off from Indonesia. It is located near Australia in the Timor Sea, which forms part of the Southeast Asian Pacific.

Information East Timor

The bloody riots that led to the division of the island still mark the island today. “Killer” is on some places where written 2006, violence broke out. The country has a fascinating own culture, because the long Portuguese colonial history has shaped the country deeply. In East Timor, trains mix of European and Asian culture together.
The Berglandthe island is high and steep. Most of the country’s many rivers have their source in these mountains, which drain north and south. Geologically, the country is interesting because of its different sediments, because tectonic plate movements mixed volcanic rock with clay, limestone and other types of rock, which is why geologists also refer to the island as ” tectonic chaos “. This will be of interest to amateur geologists on their East Timor trip is often the cause of suffering and destruction for the local population, and it is not uncommon for a quake to destroy the island, settlements in the interior of the country, or the following tsunami, the coastal dwellings.

Identifying a tsunami and behavior

If you are on the beach and you notice that the waves are ebbing and the water is retreating, then a tsunami is rolling in. These waves get so gigantic that they pull the water far in front of them. Hopefully they will then have fled to the next hill. If there is no hill nearby, hold on to something, or better yet, tie yourself to a palm tree. The further inland the waves move, the more debris and small parts they carry with them. Tethering is no longer advisable in such a situation.

Vacation East Timor

However, it is worth traveling to East Timor. A tsunami doesn’t hit the island every day and the unrest has become part of recent history. Only a few tourists come every year, without any problem these lonely beaches and enter villages where a Westerner rarely comes. The Timorers have a lot of charm and serenity. Once they have a taste for the lifestyle, they won’t want to leave anytime soon.
The most beautiful beaches can be found in the north of the island east of Dili. The best way to get there is by rental car or, as is typical for the country, by moped. Another popular seaside resort is Atauro Island, which can be seen from Dili. Here you can snorkel, swim, hike or just test beds in the sand of the beach.
Of course, the country of Timor-Leste also offers some cultural sights such as the Christ statue at Cape Fatucama, the cathedral of Dili or the Hindu temple in Mallan. However, the country is relatively undeveloped for tourism and especially as an individual traveler you can discover a lot.

Important facts

Capital: Dili

Official language: Tetum, Portuguese


Currency (sub-unit)

Dollars (100 cents)

ISO 4217 code

USD / 840


Continent: Asia

Geo coordinates: S -8 ° -52 ‘-27.2 “E 125 ° 43’ 39.1”

Highest mountain: Foho Tatamailau (2,963 m)

Total area: 15,007 km²

National border: 228 km

Coastline: 706 km


Dependency: Indonesia until 1975

UN member since: 2002


East Timor GDP - gross domestic product

Export: $ 11,000,000

Import: $ 256,000,000

Cultivation area: 13.25%

Bovine: 182,000 pieces

Pigs: 342,000 pieces

Demographic data

Residents: 1,062,800

Residents in cities: 252,500

Average age: 20.8 years

0-14 years: 36.3%

15-64 years: 60.6%

> 65 years: 3.1%

Population growth: 2.08%

Birth rate: 26.99 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 6.24 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1.04

Fertility: 3.53 children / woman

Infant mortality: 45.89 ‰

Life expectancy men: 63.96 years

Life expectancy women: 68.67 years

Country codes

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: TL

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: TLS

ISO 3166 numeric: 626

Top Level Domain: tl

IOC country code: TLS


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Paved roads: 2,562 km

Cars: 7,000


Number of doctors: 150

Daily food intake: 2.240 kcal / resident


Illiteracy: 41%


Foundation: 1975

Last sovereign since: 1975


Main religious group: Christians


Armed forces (troop strength): 1,000


Arriving by plane

Airnorth (Internet: www.airnorth.com.au) flies direct from Darwin (Australia) to Dili. There are also flight connections from Singapore and Indonesia to Timor-Leste.

Departure fee

US $ 10.

Arrival by car

Car : The border crossings at Batugede and Oesilo are open. However, the road conditions are very bad.

Irregular bus service between Dili and West Timor (Indonesia).

Arrival by ship

There are no passenger ships from Indonesia to Timor-Leste.


On the way by car / bus

Bus: Buses connect the larger cities like Dili, Baucau, Maliana, Los Palos and Suai. So-called Bemos (minibuses) and Mikrolets (minibuses) are used in regional public transport between the cities and the surrounding villages. Most of these buses leave early in the morning, are mostly overcrowded and in poor technical condition.

Driving conditions on the roads across Timor-Leste are chaotic and dangerous. One should pay particular attention to the road conditions. Drivers need a valid national driver’s license. All cars must be registered with the Motor Vehicle Office.

Traveling in the city

Taxis are available in Dili. The fare should be negotiated in advance.

On the way by ship

There is a weekly ferry between Oecussi and Dili.