Witnessing the Horse Race in Tniumanu Village, Belu Regency, East Nusa Tenggara


Visiting beaches and traditional villages in Belu Regency perhaps is too common for some tourists. That means they are looking for a new attraction there. As for the reference, they should consider watching a horse racing at Tniumanu Village. Have no worries. The location is not quite far from Atambua City in Indonesia. After all, it is going to be a worthy trip for everyone. Not only the race is entertaining, but it is also tense. Tourists can watch it either alone or with their families, especially during a big event. Not to mention they are allowed to take pictures during the race.

The Nuance
During the preparation of the race, tourists may see several horses lined up at the starting point. Here is the fact. The jockeys are all boys instead of adults. This makes the race more interesting to watch, therefore. Another unique fact is that these kids ride the horse without a saddle! In terms of nuance, the field looks peaceful and it doesn’t come with many facilities or accommodations. That means visitors may find only an open field with its dry atmosphere. Despite the fact, the race is indeed fun and exciting.

More about the Horse Race
In order to get watch the horse racing, tourists must visit Tniumanu Village for sure. If they come from Kupang, the trip is indeed long and a little bit tiring. Have no worries. Everyone would be able to enjoy the trip due to the beautiful scenery of nature they might see later. Another important consideration is related to the right time to come to the site. For the information, the horse racing is done annually. That means tourists must find out the exact date of the event before heading to the location.

Despite lacking facilities, the site is comfortable enough for everyone to enjoy the race. Tourists are even allowed to carry foods and drinks there. Plus, they can take pictures during the race using a camera. Usually, the race is done at noon so the weather can be too hot for the audience. In order to avoid the heat, it is better to find a shady spot for watching the event. Have no worries. The field is considered spacious, so everyone can pick the perfect spot easily.

According to the locals, the horse race has tons of participants. Usually, it is around a hundred of racer during one event! These participants come from many villages in fact. The length of the race track s around 600 meters. As for the size of the horses, varies from 140 to 170 cm. Bigger horses may use a longer track though.

Nearby Attractions

  • Maria Cave
  • Mandeu Forest
  • Tukunu Fishing Pond

How to Get There
For those coming from Kupang City in Indonesia, they may spend about 5 hours and 38 minutes to get to Tniumanu Village where the horse race is held. The distance is 241 km, after all. In order to undergo a faster trip, it is recommended to take Nasional Trans Timor Street.

Where to Stay

  • Holgapa Homestay
  • Cinta Damai Hotel
  • Ramayana Hotel


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