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Charismatic Hotels: the Esplanada in Dili, Timor-Leste

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Map of Timor-Leste (Source: Wikipedia)

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"Presidente Nicolau Lobato Airport" in Timor-Leste's capital Dili. The national freedom fighter hero (against Indonesia) welcomes visitors martially ...

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... with AK-47 in hand.

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The Esplanada Hotel right on the beachfront has seen part of the hostilities after inauguration in 2002, but always provided a tranquil safe haven, situated between the embassies of the USA and the EU.

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There is only one alternative to the Esplanada Hotel, the Novo Turismo Resort ...

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More luxurious, but a little less charisma.

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Christo Rei beach and statue at the Western end of town

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Resistance museum

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Interesting murals from the book "Peace of Wall - Street Art in East Timor" in the lobby of Esplanada Hotel

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Timorese taxi drivers focus on inner values

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Airnorth connects Dili with Darwin daily, and less frequent with Manila. There are also daily flights by Garuda to/from Bali.

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View over Dili ...

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... and the harbour.

Bye bye to a beautiful country worth visiting.

Posted by LuxuryRogue 00:54 Archived in East Timor

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