Total area: 14,874 km2
Population: 1,066,582 (2010 estimate)
Currency: U.S. Dollar (USD)
Official language(s): Tetum and Portuguese
Government: Parliamentary republic
Internet TLD: .tl
Calling code: +670
East Timor, also referred to as Timor-Leste in Portuguese, is a state in Southeast Asia. East Timor is situated in the eastern part of Timor island, which is part of the Indonesian archipelago and located between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. It includes the Atauro and Jaco islands, as well as the enclave of Oecusse, within West Timor (Indonesia).
Visitors willing to explore East Timor will enjoy the picturesque countryside of the country, as well as snorkeling and admiring the pristine reefs, as the country offers more than 25 shore dive sites within close proximity to the capital city.
Being a relatively new nation in the world -the first new nation of the century - tourism is still developing here. One of the main objectives of the governments is to raise life quality standards and meet the needs of tourists. Unfortunately, the tourism infrastructure is insufficiently developed.
If you want to visit East Timor, here are the main attractions in the country: Dill - the capital city, commercial centre; the hot springs of Bobonaro; Areia Branca - the most popular beaches, between Atauro Island and Dili, dolphins often gather here; Hatubuiliku - the highest peak.
The best time to travel to East Timor is during the dry season, from May to November. Rainy period lasts from December to April can become very humid, making transportation difficult.
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