There is something very engaging about this little country that fought so long and hard for independence. Behind the headlines of the past few years lies a beautiful land of rugged mountains, perfect beaches and friendly, outgoing people. Surrounded by the world’s richest marine ecosystems, its waters offer countless unexplored reefs teeming with sea life. Archeological finds date the earliest inhabitants of the island to migrations from Asia some 30,000 years ago, and cave paintings point to direct links with the aboriginal people of northern Australia. The Portuguese, colonial masters of East Timor for four hundred years, left a legacy of graceful architecture, Catholicism - and good food. You won’t find any resorts in East Timor, or golf courses. What you will find instead, as one journalist recently wrote, is the last unspoiled country in Asia.