East Timor is a small country in Southeast Asia. It is located on the eastern side of the island of Timor, and is seemingly stuck in the middle of Indonesia. The political borders also include the islands of Atauro and Jaco as well as a small area named Oecussi-Ambeno, inside the west side of Timor.
Without the development or tourism that define Indonesia, East Timor has been left behind. Recent turmoil hasn’t helped. However, the country is now welcoming ever increasing numbers of tourists who come in search of off-the-beaten path adventures.
Visit Nino Konis National Park, a protected area with some of the last surviving tropical lowland rainforest in the world. The national park is a great location for hiking, bird watching and exploring prehistoric archaeological sites.
Access to East Timor is limited. Dili (DIL) and Suai (UAI) are home to the two international airports, but you’ll most likely need to take a connecting flight through Indonesia or Australia. It’s also possible to enter the country by land or sea from Indonesia.