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East Timor, or Timor-Leste if one prefers, is a small sovereign state that is a member of the maritime nations of Southeast Asia. It is surrounded by Indonesia, sitting just north of the coast of Australia. Although it was first settled more than 40,000 years ago, it is believed that the descendants of the various waves of migration that occurred here are still living in this nation.
In modern times, East Timor is a former colony of Portugal that declared its independence in 1975. Just nine days after its declaration, Indonesia invaded to occupy the region. In 2002, it achieved full independence from Indonesia with the help of the United Nations.
Not many visitors make their way to East Timor, so it is not unusual to be referred to as malae, or “foreigner,” during your stay. It is a well-meaning term, used as a way to begin a conversation. Because tourism is uncommon, formal service structures are somewhat rare. A holiday here is about adventure, diving, and eco-tourism.
When visiting, you’ll want to explore Atauro. The fishermen around this island still use the traditional methods for catching fish. They wear goggles and use spear guns, sometimes diving into the water to pursue a nice catch.
East Timor is also a destination for world-class trekking. Mount Ramelau is particularly notable with its high elevation.
If you love to explore, then consider a trip to East Timor. You may find yourself dealing with certain challenges along the way, but that is part of the fun when you’re a malae here.
Travel and vacation in East Timor
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Map and distances
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Good to know
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See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.
Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not. Last update august 2017
Official National Holidays
Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.
|1 January||New Year's Day|
|1 May||Labour Day|
|20 May||Independence Restoration Day|
|30 August||Popular Consultation Day|
|1 November||All Saints' Day|
|2 November||All Souls' Day|
|12 November||National Youth Day|
|28 November||Proclamation of Independence Day|
|7 December||National Heroes' Day|
|8 December||Immaculate Conception|
|24 December||Christmas Eve|
|25 December||Christmas Day|
|31 December||New Year's Eve|
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