Soe is a city in West Timor.
Soe is the capital of the South Central Timor regency. Due to its pronunciation (so-E), sometime it is written as “SoE”. It is a highland area with an altitude of 800m, so the climate is cooler than the surrounding coastal Timor area. Travelers use this town is the base for day trips to explore the area. It is also possible to stay in the smaller towns around Soe nearby the villages.
If you intend to visit the traditional villages, it is recommended to get a local guide, as there are numerous customs to follow and language remains a barrier (even if you speak Bahasa Indonesia). The most common customs is that you need to be introduced to the village chief and bring betel nuts as gifts. A day trip usually costs IDR 1,000,000 (as of Dec 2018). Some guides will give you an all-inclusive rate (incl. donation to the village for entrance), but it is recommended to give the donation directly to the village chief (instead of through the guide) to make sure the village received the full intended amount. The donation and betel nuts should sum up to around IDR 100,000 (as of Dec 2018). You can purchase betel fruits / nuts around town.
from Kupang: 3 hours. Trip started from Oesapa “bus stop” (it’s a street side), where you can find “Travel” shared car for IDR 50,000 or public bus for IDR 30,000 (Bus to Kefamenanu will pass by Soe too, ask the bus assistant). Ask your accommodations for details (as of Dec 2018). If you are taking the bus, you can alight along the main street of Soe (Jln. Ahmad Yani or Jln. Gajah Mada).
Bemo is running through the city, just tell your destination to the the assistant. A ride per person costs IDR 3,000 (as of Dec 2018). Many of the drivers and assistants are teenagers (don’t be surprised).
Ojek is on the standby on the road side. A ride within town should be IDR 5,000-10,000 (as of Dec 2018).
You can check with the Soe Tourist Office at Jln. Dipenogoro (closed on Saturday and Sunday) to get information on the local sights and contacts to tour guides. There are many tour / travel offices in the area, but they are mainly serving airline booking.
- Fort None (Benteng None)
- Traditional Village in Boti
- Traditional Village in Fatumnasi
- Oehala Waterfall
- Weekly Market: There are different markets each day located around the region, your guide would know where to go on the day of your trip. The biggest three are:
- Tuesday: Oenlassi Market
- Wednesday: Niki Niki Market
- Thursday: Ayotupas Market