Whether you want to spend your days beachcombing, hiking in the mountains, or whale-watching, you’ll find that Timor-Leste has something for every type of traveler. Located in Southeast Asia, Timor-Leste is on the eastern portion of the island of Timor. In recent years, the country has suffered from political instability, but conditions have improved, and its tropical landscapes beckon travelers who prefer unspoiled settings. There’s nothing touristy about Timor-Leste, and that’s one of its best attractions.


A distant view of Dili's Cristo Rei statue that overlooks the city. mtcurado / Getty Images

The coastal city of Dili is Timor-Leste’s capital and largest city. Visitors will find plenty of accommodations and loads of fresh seafood. Attractions of Dili include the stately Government House, the Dare Memorial Museum, and the Farol Lighthouse, and its 27-meter-tall Cristo Rei statue perched above the city. When visiting, be sure to explore the waterfront, the beaches and its coastal bars, and the cities' various markets that specialize in everything from handicrafts to fresh produce. As the country’s main cultural and economic hub, Dili is the best place to base your Timor-Leste stay.