25 May '11, 9pm

Where Timor stood still #TimorLeste

Here in Asia, places such as Vang Vieng in Laos, Myanmar's Bagan and Papua New Guinea are no longer the untouched lands they used to be. They are now awash with backpackers clutching their beloved guidebooks and poking at their iPhone apps. Real escapism and adventure might seem hard to find. But it does exist - in the newest country of South-east Asia, Timor Leste, which declared its independence in 2002. And it's a mere four-hour flight from Singapore. "When I first came here in 2001 there was only one other person on the island that spoke English," recalled Barry Hinton, the owner, manager and builder of Nema's Eco Lodge on Atauro island, off Dili, the capital of Timore Leste. That left about 10,000 people the Australian couldn't talk to. Island living Lucky for us, Hinton persevered to establish his lodge a year later. It offers English-speakers catered stays for US$30...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Travel/EDC110526-0000313/Where...

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