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Tais Market, Dili

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Take the spirit of East Timor with you by buying some woven tais cloth at Tais Market. Traditionally hand-made by women, the material is internationally-famous. The market also offers bags, jewelry, and other handicrafts. Use the colorful tais for a variety of purposes like a carpet, a table cloth, or simply as a decoration. While roaming the market, look out for the women making the material in their shops. Use our Dili travel itinerary maker to add Tais Market and other attractions to your Dili vacation plans.
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Mid-range accommodation is easy to come by in Dili, as the town boasts a plethora of hotels and resorts, mostly lining the coast and often offering onsite pools and restaurants. Budget options remain scarce, but if you're staying for a longer time, you can look into renting a room from a local family, or sharing a private holiday home with an ex-pat group.
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  • We often bring work visitors to the tais market as the usual souvenirs or presents from Timor-Leste would be either high-quality organic coffee, or handwoven tais in many sizes, patterns, and colours....  more »
  • It is an excellent place to visit and buy from. We didn't have time to go thru all the shops but what we did see was good. It was heart wrenching in some shops to see how poor they are and working so ...  more »
  • This organized local market has 35-40 small stalls, run by locals some of whom are the weavers and craftspeople. Most were not aggressive or overselling, and would initiate price bargaining. Some stun...  more »
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  • A must visit! Traditional woven cloth Tais and various souvenirs made from it. You can get smallest Tais scarf from as cheap as $2 (2017).
  • Have a lot items and good service. Easy notice from the street.
  • Fancy small market with friendly people in! Prices are still reasonable :)
  • Good for bought some etnic stuff.
  • Traditional handicrafts place. Your skill negotiation requires here (no fix price).