East Timor [Timor Leste]

Today marks only a decade of  international recognition of East Timor’s independence. After colonising the country since the 16th century, the Portuguese decolonised it in 1975, leaving it open to the invasion from bordering Indonesia the following year.

It’s proximity to Australia (~640km from Darwin), lack of established tourism infrastructure and troubled past (killings and disappearances, forced displacement and famine, detention and torture, violations of the laws of war, political trials, sexual violence, violations of the rights of the child, and violations of economic and social rights), make it an intriguing first stop on an overland trip through Asia.

East Timor One Dollar Beach

One Dollar Beach

East Timor Fatucama Peninsula Dili

View from Fatucama Peninsula, Dili

Big Blue Ocean Atauro Island

Docking the ferry at Atauro Island

East TImor Atauro Island

Atauro Island

Tree/Seascape off Atauro island

Atauro Island

Sunrise on Mt Ramelau East Timor

Sunrise from atop of Mt Ramelau – highest peak in East Timor

East Timor Graffiti

A wall outside a shipping dock in the center of Dili

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