Is East Timor an English speaking country? What language do people speak in East Timor? Where is East Timor’s capital? What is the tourism in East Timor like? What does East Timor look like on the map? Is it dangerous to visit East Timor? Where is East Timor? Is East Timor a country or a city? What is the religion of the population in East Timor? What to do in East Timor? What is the history of East Timor? Is East Timor a part of Indonesia? Is East Timor the same with Timor-Leste?
Isn’t it interesting that there are still a lot of places in the world, yet to get discovered by you?
East Timor (Timor-Leste) is a beautiful tiny island that is unknown to most people.
It has the potential to be the next Phuket or Bali! Wanna know why? Read this post to figure out!
There is a really good chance that this post contains advertising boxes and/or affiliate links. If you click one of them, I may receive a small commission (which helps me keep this site live and free for all) at no extra cost to you. Thank you.
Recent History of East Timor
East Timor (Timor-Leste) was a Portuguese colony until 1975 and soon after independence, their neighbor Indonesia was like, “Why not add them as another province?”, East Timor replied, “Excuse me?” but Indonesia did it before explaining again and kept them until 1999!
After that, they could finally have control over their land that was half of the Timor’s Island. the other half still belongs to Indonesia. Their situation is almost like Cyprus and Northern Cyprus but with the difference that in Timor, despite the similarity in being Catholic, the western side was willing to remain within Indonesia because of their language and cultural differences.
People in East Timor
East Timorese people’s roots go back to Australian indigenous tribes.
They speak Portuguese and are very welcoming. You’ll make friends with almost everyone you talk to on the streets!
What to do in East Timor (Timor-Leste)
The East Timor‘s currency is US dollar
Although they have a few local coins, Their official currency is US dollar, which makes it easy to exchange from your money where ever you feel like it!
Beach, and more beach in East Timor
It’s a coastal country with tons of stunning beaches to enjoy. Chances are you have the beach to yourself since it’s not a tourist destination yet! You’ll get to experience what Leonardo Decaprio does on his private island!
Cristo Rei of Dili in East Timor
Since they are Christian, they have a statue of Jesus Christ at the top of their capital, Dili.
The funny story about this statue is that Indonesia’s Islamic government gave it to them as a gift! (I’m sure I’m not the only one surprised by this fact!)
Tatamailau in East Timor
This mountain is the highest point on the Timor island. The area is beautiful to spend a few hours at if you get tired of their cool beaches!
Since half of the island belongs to Indonesia, it would be nice to grab your passport and treat yourself with some Indonesian dishes! Just make sure that your East Timorese visa is valid when you are coming back to it!
Do you have any opinions or recommendations? Share them with us in the comments below.