Our itinerary only allowed us to stay for 1 night at Baucau, Timor Leste. We had minimum information about this city, so next time I will consider hiring a local guide. Seriously. We had seen hundreds of posts that located in this city on Instagram, but sorry, we didn’t have time to get lost because there was no road sign to those places. As a traveler with a budget, a road sign is our guide. Maps sure will help, but the possibility of getting lost decreased when there is a road sign. Right?
Well, Pousada de Baucau Hotel gave us a simple American breakfast at the restaurant: Scramble egg, bacon, slices of bread, butter, sponge cake (in their language called ‘bolo’, in Bahasa called ‘bolu’), and coffee/tea. We saw a group of Australian (we knew because we heard from their pronunciation) was having a breakfast at the restaurant too. We were wondering if they were going to Jaco Island because you know, we doubt there will be a tourist attraction here. No offense. Jaco Island is a small island, located at the very east of Timor-Leste. Based on what we saw on social media, that island is like a heaven with white sand beach and clear water. Perfect for snorkeling and relaxing from outside of the world.
Anyway, after having our breakfast that couldn’t make us full (I think 4 days staying in Timor-Leste can change our normal portion without we realized it), we checked out from the hotel. I bought 4 dust mask for our trip back to Dili. Two masks for each of us. Yes, we even need 2 masks for this 120 KM road from Baucau to Dili.
On our way back, we kept it slow as my butt was in a pain. Not really a pain that makes me suffer, just stiffed. I bet Willy was feeling the same–his butt and his arms–but he denied it with a smile.
We slow down and took pictures as many as we can because we missed some spots yesterday due to an urge to reach Baucau.
95% of Timor-Leste people are Catholic, so no wonder we would see a church even we didn’t see homes around.
Tell you what, although the road was heavily damaged, the view was extraordinary, especially the beach. We stopped by at Behau Beach just like what we saw on the map. And… honestly, I would like to stay there until the sun sets because it feels like my own beach! Nobody was there. Lol. But yeah… the journey must go on.
We continued our trip to Dolok Oan Beach. This beach is located beside Cristo Rei Beach. Dolok Oan has pretty white sand. And if it wasn’t that hot, or at least there was a cafe or restaurant and it has a changing room, I might be interested to swim. I mean, getting wet. I can’t swim. Wise advise: If you come to Timor-Leste, bring your bikini. You will need it every time. Me? I don’t wear bikinis.
Unlike other beaches, Dolok Oan has visitors when we came. People were dating, playing football, or just sitting down under the trees, having a picnic.
Dolok Oan was the last beach we visited this day. We drove to Dili for having meals. Oh, we were having lunch before at Manetuto again. The same place as yesterday. For our dinner–it wasn’t dinner time yet, but let’s called it a dinner–we were having it at a Chinese restaurant named Eastern Burger restaurant. The price, of course, a little bit high but we need an air-conditioned room by that time. Lol. Honestly review: Don’t order a noodle soup. It will be a bowl of soup instead of noodle.
The final conclusion of this trip: We would like to come again to Timor-Leste maybe a 3 or 4 years later from now on because we expect the road already smooth by that time. Truly, the beach was amazingly beautiful.