Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Dili, East Timor

Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:03am EST
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By Pauline Askin

DILI (Reuters Life!) - Dili is the capital of East Timor or Timor Leste, one of the world's newest nations, and is slowly beginning to attract tourists nearly nine years after gaining independence.

Though a bit on the rough side, the city has much to offer. There are plenty of hotels but tourism is still new and standards can be low, meaning unusual experiences are the norm.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help you get the most out of a short stay.


6 p.m. To make the most of this waterfront city stroll along the beachfront to watch the sun set over the Dili Harbour.

The Castaway Bar and Restaurant on Avenida de Portugal Motadel is one of many great locations to have a drink. Here you can catch the evening breeze as night falls on the city.

7 p.m. For authentic Timorese dining, try the Sari Pali on Estrada de Balide. The beef stew served with papaya flower/kangkong side salad or red meatball soup with ramen noodles are a popular choice amongst locals.

For the less adventurous and less-traveled tourist there's always Hotel Timor. Its restaurant offers a tamer opportunity to sample the culinary delights of Timor-Leste, a strong Portuguese influence enriched with local seasoning.   Continued...