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There is no flight to Dili!
You can use "Microbus" (or Bemo). The uniqueness of public transportation in the city of Kupang is due to the appearance filled with accessories, decorations and music blaring.
If you like loud music, you can try "Diskotek Berjalan" style of Kupang.
Grilled corn (jagung bakar) is a popular snack. It is available at Pantai Teddy's (near Pantai Laut and Teddy's bars) and along El Tari street.
Pasar Malam (Night Market) is a popular dinner location for both tourists and locals alike. It specialises in grilled fish but other seafood, chicken and common Indonesian staples are available as well. It is occasionally even possible to find the local dish "Jagung Bose" for sale at the market.
The main local disk is Sei Babi (smoked pork) which while most popular from Baun (a town about 25km west of kupang) there are a number of options available in Kupang as well. The most popular of these are Bamboo Kuning near the mall, Pondok Sawah near the stadium and Aroma near the school SMP2. There are also many smaller warungs that sell sei around.
Pantai Laut bar and restaurant by the old harbour (now just a broken pier) is a popular place for tourists to eat and have a cold drink by the sea.
Rotterdam Steakhouse is located near Hotel Kristal. It specialises in steak and is known for a nice seaside setting.
Nalayan restaurant located by the sea is a large restaurant that is popular for larger groups. They have a wide range of food but are occasionally full with a wedding or similar celebration.
Palapa Resto is a newer restaurant that serves mostly chinese and seafood dishes. It is located near the Governer's house on a moderately busy road. You are subject to some street noise from here but it has a nice courtyard enclosed by trees that offers an escape from the nearby traffic.
OCD beach cafe in Lasiana is a recent addition to Kupang. It is about 15 minutes out of the main city of Kupang at the popular Lasiana Beach. It offers both open indoor and outdoor seating at a lovely location. However it may be difficult to get back to Kupang in the evening when the bemo's stop running unless you have other transport arranged.
Pantai Laut bar and restaurant is a popular open air seaside bar that draws tourists, expats and a small number of locals. This is probably the most popular of the drinking options although is called "Teddy's" by many locals as the side used to be occupied by Teddy's bar.
Teddy's bar is small bar across the road from Pantai Laut that can be heard playing karaoke until the early hours of the morning.
Rotterdam Steakhouse is a slightly more expensive option but has a well decorated seaside setting and live music on weekends. It is more of a restaurant than a bar and closes earlier than the others but is a nice place if not planning to stay up until the early hours of the morning.
OCD Beach Cafe on Lasiana is a quiet cafe on the popular Lasiana Beach (and is currently the only place to get a drink on the beach in Kupang). It is about 15 minutes out of the main city and may be difficult to get too and from in the evening by bemo. So if planning to stay late private transport should be arranged in advance. The staff may be able to assist with this.
Fast ferry running from Kupang to Dili is not running as of January 22, 2012. You can only go to Dili overland and you will have to arrange your visa in advance.
There were fraud cases reported in Kupang about foreigners who were robbed by local women. This seems to be a big problem in the city so just be aware about the scammers.