Blog posts about tourism

Dear Taxi Drivers in Dili

Right, listen up. I think it’s about time you got your act together. Firstly, please don’t smoke in your cab. Because you’re a man and I’m a woman and you’re the one with the power because your hands are behind the wheel and not mine, I don’t feel comfortable saying... read more

What’s changed in Timor-Leste part 2

As promised, here is part 2 in our series about what’s changed in Timor. 11.     Lots more advertising with a Timorese spin There has always been advertising in Timor, but now businesses seem to be using Timorese faces in their ads. 12.    Timor Plaza Timor... read more

What’s changed in Timor-Leste part 1

Some things change. Some things stay the same. Jason and I loved seeing what’s changed in Timor-Leste. These are some of the things we noticed: 1.    Stadium walls destroyed Whoever thought it was a good idea to get rid of the beautiful murals on the walls... read more

What a Joke- Dili Marathon Date Changed 1 Month Out

Update: Dili Marathon has been moved back to the original date, 22nd June 2013.From living in Timor-Leste, you come to accept that nothing is ever on time and things rarely go to plan. I get it….This morning I read that the Dili Marathon, planned for Saturday 22nd... read more

81 Days Until The 2013 Dili Marathon

We’ve had a lot of people asking us: when’s the 2013 Dili Marathon?!Well the date has just been released, so get your running socks ready, your ticket to East Timor booked and your countdown training calendar set because….. The 2013 Dili Marathon is on: Saturday, 22nd... read more

Top Five Tourist Attractions in Dili, East Timor

Cristo Rei By Kok Leng, Maurice Yeo from Singapore, Singapore (Christ Statue, Capa Fatucama, Dili, East Timor) (CC-BY-2.0), via Wikimedia Commons Here are our top five tourist attractions for Dili, the capital of East Timor. 1. Cristo Rei de Dili Located at the... read more

The Best Restaurant Guide for Dili, East Timor

As promised, here is the third post in our food series for East Timor. We’ve already covered what food the locals like to eat and what supplies you can buy at the supermarkets in Timor. Now it’s time to hit the restaurants and see what’s on offer when eating out.There... read more

East Timor Food For You

So a while back, we did a post on Food in East Timor and we focused on what the East Timorese like to eat. We promised to do a follow up post to answer all your food questions and here it is: Kmanek Supermarket in Dili, East Timor How many supermarkets are there in... read more

Q&A Come Diving Timor Style with Dive Timor Lorosae

A massive turtle- one of the amazing creatures you’ll see diving in Timor Leste Another day in the office for Mark, from Dive Timor Lorosae It’s hard to imagine living in East Timor without all the outlets there now are for expats. Yep, just think about that for... read more

The other sides to East Timor that I didn’t expect to see

Mum and me I’ve wanted my Mum to write a blog post for Unofficial East Timor for ages. Especially because she’s in her fifties and a lot of people over fifty are hesitant about travelling to East Timor. They shouldn’t be. East Timor is a safe place and East Timorese... read more

Dili ‘City of Peace’ Marathon- What to Expect

The starting line of the Dili Marathon 2011 It’s inspiring enough to read about another person doing a marathon, but to watch someone run an entire 42 kilometres, well it’s hard to put into words. You feel elated, motivated and amazed at what is humanely possible and... read more

Anzac Day in East Timor

Catafalque Party at the East Timor ANZAC Day dawn service, April 2010 ANZAC DAY in East Timor With the Australian and New Zealand forces set to depart East Timor by early 2013, this could be your last opportunity to commemorate ANZAC day with serving soldiers. A rare... read more

Five reasons why you should go and visit Arte Moris

A visit to East Timor is not complete without a trip to the famous Arte Moris (Living Art) centre. It houses East Timor’s first non-profit Art school and you can see the permanent collection of their student’s work there. Photo of the Arte Moris School 1. Buy... read more

Trekking East Timor

I am a big fan of this site and John has given permission for the below to be reproduced here. Enjoy. _______ The Treks by John Bartlett ( 1. Mount Matebean Mane and Mount Matebean Feto This range is an isolated limestone formation about 20... read more

Walking, just for fun

By Sally BoltonOn my very first Saturday in Timor-Leste I was sent on a day-trip to the mountain town of Maubisse. As the mikrolet climbed the dalan super-mie (literal translation: super-noodley roads), waves of nausea distracted me from the fact that the driver was... read more

Atauro Island – THE FAR SIDE!! (by Timothy Stats)

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the ‘far side’ of Atauro. The little known beach shack ‘Tua Klunga’ was built by the village folk of Adara with the assistance of the same people who constructed the more well known and well visited... read more