I am writing this as I wait for my flight back to indonesia, NEVER book for NAM air, the worst airlines in the world that is always late. The flight was scheduled to depart 12:15 pm but then doesn’t depart until 1:15 PM. Book Citilink instead from Bali to Dili
If I were you, you should save the money and stay in Bali instead, you will have a memorable experience in Bali with lower cost of living and more things to do. You can go to beautiful Jacosland in Timor leste but it’s not cheap.
Timor Leste is a southeast Asian country no one knows existed besides their neighbors Indonesia and Australia.
If you like a weekend getaway and are used to a 1st world lifestyle, this is not for you. It’s a developing 3rd world country that still has a long way to go. The transportation is terrible. They have a van that goes around for 0.10 cents a ride, if you’re a foreigner they will ask for more. It is beneficial if you speak tetum or portugues fluently. Taxi drivers are sharks, they want to get every single dollar from you as much as possible.
Be prepared to spend $100 US dollar+ a night if you want quality rooms with air conditioner
If you’re on a tight budget, you can book your rooms in Dili backpackers or Casa Minha for cheap rooms however in some rooms there is no air conditioner and you are in a room with 3-5 other people like a hostel.
You can find a lot of cheap food in Dili but also a lot of expensive food. Traditional Timor Leste food is made up of Indonesian and Portugues dishes.
If you go to their stores, you can see imported portugues and southeast asian snacks. Before you leave Timor Leste, there is a chance to buy souvenirs at the airport but the best option is to buy from Tais Market and support the locals who made the crafts.
For food there are a lot of options in Timor Plaza, they also have movie theatres and live like normal people.
Cheapest option :
$1.50 for a meal that is rice nasi ayam (chicken) sambal sauce you can add another fish for $1
If you’re really hungry you can try Isabella’s food in food star restaurant located along 30 da Agosto street. Food is all you can eat for $6 USD and it’s really good.
If you miss the American fast food joints they only have Burger King and it’s about $8 to $15 for a meal. Something that I learned is that if a country uses another country’s currency instead of their own, there is a problem and prices tend to be higher with the country that is borrowing a foreign currency. In this case, prices for food, activities are expensive in Timor Leste since there is less demand for tourists to visit this country.
Ok this is all for now, feel free to ask me any question.my Snapchat is joebro964 or +1 206 294 6390 whatsapp, I have also posted pictures about it on Facebook.