Timor Leste: Dili

Dili is the capital of the relatively new country of Timor Leste (it became independent and UN-recognized in 1999). It’s by far the largest city with a port, airport, beaches, good roads, and the seat of government as well as all the foreign embassies. It has quite a number of attractions – a massive statue of Jesus on a hill (meant to resemble Rio’s monument), several old Portuguese colonial houses, the beautiful Presidential Palace (fully accessible to everybody), elaborate Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and truly awesome beaches lining up a crescent of the main bay. Dili offers some of the freshest fish in the world as the catch is literally just hours old – and many small and large restaurants and stalls offer simply grilled seafood. A couple places are awesome to watch the sunset and the offshore islands.