Timor Leste is one of the newest countries in the world and that has come with many challenges.

While the country is struggling to recover from centuries of colonialism, its people remain jolly, kind, and incredibly optimistic.

Timor Leste is all about coffee production, pristine beaches with limitless snorkeling and diving opportunities, and for a brief 76 seconds on 20 April 2023 – for being the best place to watch a Total Solar Eclipse!

I dare say I have to most comprehensive backpacking guide for Timor Leste on the internet. It is a good starting point if you’re thinking of going there!

Backpacking profile

Does Revolut work?Yes, if Visa
ATM with no feesNone
Cash or card?Cash
Public transportBelow average
HitchhikingVery easy
AccommodationHostels, hotels, guesthouses, nun convents
Other backpackersVery few
Days needed10-21
Best time to travelApril to November
Locals speaking EnglishFew
Main languagesTetun, Indonesian, Portuguese

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