Tribal chief

See itinerary here

West Timor is one of the least traveled island in Indonesia. I only saw two tourists during my time in here. I began my trip in Kupang: a dilapidated city by the ocean, were locals were very friendly and all saying ´´Hello Mister’´ when they saw me. I enjoyed eating Nasi Goreng (fried rice), a local specialty reminding my time I lived in Malaysia. I visited some very (very) remote tribal villages. I feel that these villages are some of the most remote places on Earth, where people live the same way as hundreds of years: no electricity, no internet, traditional clothes, completely sustainable in the way they farm and totally disconnected from the modern outside world.

rice fields road dock school kids
tribal chief boti village cow

I particularly like Boti, where I spent the night and met the local tribal ´´king’´ the next morning. I also really enjoyed my walk in the colorful, lively, traditional weekly market of Oenassi. This is the place where all local villages come on Wednesday to sell their produce.
People looked at me like if I was from another planet as most of them have never seen a white foreigner before. I visited other Tribal villages. One of them (None) as seen approximately 50 foreigners in the last eight years (I saw this signing their guest book).

sea side waterfall weaving woman

I ended this 3-day journey in Kefamenanu, where I slept in one of the worst room I have seen in many years: dead roaches, mosquitoes infected and a disgusting dirty common bathroom.

The next morning, I took a Bemo (local mini bus) and tried to cross the Napan-Oesilo border, one of the most remote (but safe) border crossing that seems to exist in this part of the world. Continue reading: Timor-Leste is next!

Local market