"Yes, Tourists do come to Timor" Top 5 Page for this destination East Timor by DSwede
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When doing my research and talking to friends and family about coming to East Timor, most things raised the same question, "why?". There have been numerous travel advisories from governmental agencies and headlines bringing East Timor into the forefront as a cautionary tale against the recreational traveler for the last few decades.
As I was crossing the last border from Indonesia (overland from Kupang), even the immigration officers were suspicious of the fact that I was a tourist. They insisted on seeing my support letters and papers, believing that I was with the UN, military, police, etc. Thankfully, they were good spirited and just thought that I was having some fun with them, but stamped my passport as a tourist nonetheless.
I knew that there was a working population of outsiders, but as I made it to the capital city of Dili, I was surprised to see just how many foreigners had made Timor into their home. Despite the fact that some people are much more transient and other are "lifers", there are thousands of expats in East Timor. There is a large population of UN, foreign military and police, medical aids and doctors, NGO's as well as countless other philanthropic volunteers.
When crossing paths with these foreigners, they too continued the quizzical looks that the immigration officers started. They often stopped, re-focused and asked me to repeat the fact that I was a tourist. Many had been there for years, maybe even decades and could count the number of tourists they'd met on one hand.
I spent about a week in the environs of Dili, then about a week on a motorcycle exploring the fringes, stopping in places like Baucau, Tutuala, Manatuto and Com to name a few.
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- Pros:Beautiful conopies of jungle, beautiful coves and no tourists.
- Cons:Accommodation is over priced due to the expat services communities
- In a nutshell:The infrastructure is a bit lacking, but the beauty of the land makes the adventure worthwhile.
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