Travel Dili, East Timor

Pictures of East Timor capital Dili

May 7th, 2010

Dili is the capital of East Timor, also known as Timor Leste, and not a really touristic place. Walking around you won't see a lot of travellers but the number of humanitarian aid workers is still very high.

You will see UN soldiers and UNHCR officials in refugee camps and on the streets. The down side of this would be the rising prices of hotels and transportation, gas prices for example have gone up a lot.

The flag of East TimorThe flag of East Timor

Dili is a small town situated on the north coast of Timor Leste and has a relaxed vibe to it.

It reminded me of some Brazilian coastal towns which isn't strange considered the portuguese influences in East Timor.

The island was a portuguese colony untill the country decleared its independence from Portugal in 1975. Unfortunately Timor was attacked by Indonesian forces a few days later, an attack which led to a horrific battle which lasted for over twenty years causing a lot of damage to the country and its people.

Since 2002 East Timor has been put under UN surveillance with Dili as its capital city. Eventhough the indonesian militias destroyed most of the infrastructure and cultural patrimony on the island you can still find some monuments and statues from before the war and which were built by the portuguese settlers.

Chinese temple in Dili, Timor Leste Chinese temple in Dili,..

A good example would be the Cristo Rei of Dili statue which is built atop a summit on a peninsula just outside of Dili and clearly looks like the statue of Christ the Redeemer, O Cristo Redentor in portuguese, which is situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

I also visited the Government Palace, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which is stated to be the largest cathedral in South East Asia, and some local markets which are great for buying fresh fruit and beautiful tais, traditional textiles in bright colours and all kinds of prints.

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Travel Tips for Dili East Timor:

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What to do in Dili: Hike all the way up to the statue of the Christ Rei, the view of the bay and the city of Dili is worth it!

Where to eat in Dili: The banana's on the local market are delicious.

Travel Pictures of Dili, East Timor

  • Chinese temple in Dili, Timor Leste Chinese temple in Dili, Timor Leste
  • The flag of East Timor The flag of East Timor
  • Pictures of the Palacio de Governo in Dili, East Timor Pictures of the Palacio de Governo in Dili, East Timor
  • The harbor of Dili, Timor Leste The harbor of Dili, Timor Leste
  • Photos of the Government Palace in Dili, East Timor Photos of the Government Palace in Dili, East Timor
  • Pictures of the Government Palace in Dili, East Timor Pictures of the Government Palace in Dili, East Timor
  • Pictures of the street market in Dili, Timor Pictures of the street market in Dili, Timor
  • Picture of the Christ Statue in Dili, East Timor Picture of the Christ Statue in Dili, East Timor
  • Pictures of Dili airport, East Timor Pictures of Dili airport, East Timor
  • Photos of the street market in Dili, Timor Photos of the street market in Dili, Timor
  • Grilled fish on the BBQ in Dili, Timor Grilled fish on the BBQ in Dili, Timor
  • Arriving in Dili, the capital of Timor Leste Arriving in Dili, the capital of Timor Leste
  • Photos of Christ Rei statue in Dili, Timor Photos of Christ Rei statue in Dili, Timor
  • Photos of Christ Rei of Dili, Timor Photos of Christ Rei of Dili, Timor
  • Banana's in Dili on the market Banana's in Dili on the market
  • The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Dili, East Timor The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Dili, East Timor

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Name: Cheng
Age: 34-41
Travel type: Solo travel

Travel Blog

Pictures of East Timor capital Dili
Continent: Asia
Country: East Timor
City: Dili
Period: Nov '09-Dec '09
Lenght of stay: 3 weeks
Views: 5243

Travel Review

Liked: The people, the kids were amazing.
Disliked: The sad history of the country but hopefully the future will give East Timor new hope.
Trip Rating: Good

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