About 3.5 hours from Dili on the main highway heading west past Dili airport. Just remember to turn right at the Tibar T-junction to go through Liquica, Maubara, Batugade and Balibo. This is somewhat of a historic route, with possible stops at the prison ruins before Liquica, the fort at Maubara and the house at Balibo with an exhibition on the murdered Australian journalists, as well as another ruined fort. If you have time, go straight at the T-junction for a challenging, but scenic 8-hour trip through Gleno, Ermera and eventually to Maliana.
Restaurante Malianaaddress: Main StPleasant restaurant that typically has a watery curry or stew plus local favourites like liver, beef rendang and vegetable dishes.
Laduenaaddress: Main StA somewhat larger and more Indonesian menu than the one next door, with beef, chicken and vegetable dishes in the window, plus some a la carte choices.
Risky HotelDespite the name, it may be the safest option in Maliana. Reliable water from its well, you will probably have a fan and you might even get toilet paper. Upstairs rooms have a mandi and squat toilet while downstairs rooms have a cold shower and sit-down toilet. Nice terrace with mountain views.
Ramascoras ResortNot much of a resort but a decent hotel by local standards. Clean rooms, AC and hottish water. You might need to bring your own towels and toilet paper.
DioceseIn the church compound, the rooms are in a building built to look like a church. Usually clean but often has water problems.
You can then take the slow scenic route back to Dili via Ermera. Take the other road at the 3-way junction and look for the next major left fork - it's in the middle of a village and both forks are paved - the high road on the right goes to Zumalai and the low road on the left goes to Ermera. Take food as it may be hard to find restaurants.