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Papua New Guinea –  Tread Off the Beaten Path

Papua New Guinea is famous for its rich wild life, corals and unexplored wilderness at its pristine best. It is situated in the island of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean. It is similar to Australia in its biodiversity and shares even the Great Barrier Reef. From rainforests to spectacular beaches and verdant rainforests, Papua New Guinea is a different world altogether and offers traveller’s some unforgettable experiences and sights.

Papua New Guinea has a civilization dating back to 50,000 years, when it was inhabited by settlers from South East Asia and Africa. In 1884, the northern half of the country was occupied by Germany. During World War I, Australia started ruling British New Guinea by renaming it as Papua. Australia was given a mandate to administer the former German New Guinea by the League of Nations after the world war. The two territories were combined to form Papua New Guinea after World War II.

Popular Places:
The Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery showcases the rich culture and history of this country. From weapons to masks and pottery, there is an impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits sourced from all over the country. The Kokoda Track is a must see for nature enthusiasts. One of the greatest treks in the world, it connects the South and the North coasts of Papua New Guinea. In a country with over 800 different languages and a rich cultural diversity, village tours have special significance to see the life at a closer range. The village of Aibom is famous for its pottery industry where pots are painted with designs of human faces in lime. Island trails and adventure sports are very much on the cards in this astonishing country.

Getting around:
Boat, car and motorcycle hire, bicycles and local transport buses are some of the most common modes of transport to go around Papua New Guinea, if your going to use the local buses a good guide is to keep some small notes and coins handy to pay the exact fare.

Places of Entertainment:
There are various options of entertainment including live music options, night clubs, casinos, open air theatres and bars where you can enjoy a cocktail or two, watch the world go by or dance to  some of the hottest songs. There are beach party venues and restaurants that serve local delicacies and continental dishes. No holiday in this country is complete without a spell of adventure sports including snorkeling, wind surfing, water skiing, diving and swimming.

Accommodation Options:
From guest houses, budget hotels, resorts, caravans, camps, country houses, Bed & Breakfast, youth hostels, and motels there is an array of accommodation options in this country.

Kina is the currency of Papua New Guinea, which is easily available with Banks and with any authorized travel agencies, check the news and internet for the latest exchange rates.

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