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Tired of visiting historic places in the world that have been unchanged for centuries? The Repu-blic of Timor-Leste - otherwise known as East Timor - could be a welcome change for you. The first new country of the millennium, East Timor is the equivalent of the world’s newborn baby. Established in May 2002, the tropical country - located in Asia eastwards of Indonesia and nor-thwestwards of Australia - is only just taking its first few steps in independence after hundreds of years of colonisation by the Portuguese, Dutch and Indonesians. An arid, mountainous land with a hot and humid tropical climate, East Timor is more than 5,000 square miles in area and is blessed with large quantities of oil and gas reserves. Its tumultuous past, however, has left the new country with little infrastructure or stability - one of the world’s poorest nations as of 2015, it is only just beginning to rebuild itself from the ashes.

Despite its economic troubles, the country’s rich endowment of natural beauty makes it a great place for a vacation amidst nature. With mountains, coral reefs, marine wildlife, lush rainforests, pristine beaches and coffee plantations a-plenty, outdoor recreational activities in East Timor are boundless. Be sure to taste the coffee, East Timor’s main export commodity, that is famous around the world for its full-bodied and vibrant flavors.

East Timor’s national language is Tetum, but Portuguese, Fataluku and Indonesian are commonly spoken. English, unfortunately, is not.

Getting around

To get around larger cities in East Timor such as Dili and Baucau, hop on one of the little buses that shuttle passengers around key parts of the city. For longer-distance travel, though, grabbing a taxi would be a better option - they are readily available on the street, and aren’t expensive. Otherwise, renting your own vehicle is also possible but do note that road signage isn’t extensive in the country.

What to see and do

East Timor’s location at the base of the Coral Triangle in the western Pacific Ocean means that the country’s waters are one of the most marine-biodiverse places in the world, within which hundreds of species of coral and reef fishes can be found. Head to East Timor’s Atauro and Jaco Islands to start your magical underwater experience - both islands are well-equipped with dive facilities and are great jump-off points for divers and snorkelers to enjoy the region’s numerous amazing dive sites. Great visibility underwater and untouched aquatic environments further en-hance East Timor’s reputation as, undoubtedly, one of the best diving spots in the world.

Once you’re done exploring the region’s waters, head to land for another adventure on foot. Drive from capital city Dili to the mountainous South, where you can mountain trek and cycle on one of the country’s many majestic mountains (either Mt Ramelan, Mt Matebian , Mt. Kabuki or Mt Ainaro). Keep an eye out for exotic flora and fauna, many of which are exclusive to East Ti-mor.

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