Tweet Baucau - Timor-Leste's second city is a pleasure to visit -- it's much cooler than Dili because it sits on a hillside and has nice breezes. It's also easy to reach -- about 2 and-a-half hours east of Dili along a fairly decent road.
At one point, it climbs over a small mountain -- the narrow road -- carved out off the ocean-side cliffs. It can be a bit tricky when a big truck is barreling down the road in the opposite direction -- particularly on a sharp, narrow curve.
Baucau, itself, has nice accommodations and quiet beaches.