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Timor

TIMOR, RICH CULTURES & NATURAL BEAUTY

West Timor, or Timor Island, is the western end of the Indonesian portion of the island of Timor and part of the province of East Nusa Tenggara. The island is not a tourist destination like its counterparts in Nusa Tenggara despite its rich cultures and pristine natural beauty. It has its share of tourist attractions that include nearby off shore Islands of Semau and Kera, the sacred houses of Belu, the Museum and beautiful sandy beaches. The islands highest point of West Timor is Mount Mutis (2,427m).

West Timor together with Rote and Sumba are fast becoming known as the game fishing capital of eastern Indonesia. Rote is the southernmost island of Indonesia and lies southwest of West Timor.

Christianity is widespread in West Timor although in some rural areas the people still follow animistic beliefs. The island is relatively untouched by modernity as villagers still defer to traditional chiefs, wear ikat, chew betel nut and drink tuak (palm-sap liquor). Its population of 1.4 million people speaks a total of 14 languages, including Malay, Papuan and the native Tetum.

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