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Papua New Guinea and Australia (which once claimed the country as territory) are polar opposite. They share a million-year history, but most of the similarities end there. One of the first things that tourists will notice is that the quality of life would never be mistaken as high. A third of its seven million or so population live roughly on less than 1.25 USD per day, and most of its airstrips are unpaved even though air travel is the most important mode for transport here.
Papua New Guinea's archipelago of around 600 islands stand as some of the least-explored in the world, whether geographically or culturally.
To some tourists, however, that fact is all the more reason to find Papua New Guinea as a compelling destination. PNG, as the country is often called, is endearing as a do-it-yourself kind of a place. There are few tour operators here, which means that visitors may have to set their own itineraries, as well as seek their own transportation - which is rough, given the country's rugged terrain.
Given PNG's varied landscape, it is hardly surprising that adrenaline junkies thrive here. Trekkers and mountain climbers can find their cup of tea at locations like the Chambri Region, as well as Mount Wilhelm (highest point in the country). Rapids at the Watut, Wahgi, and Purari Rivers are perfect for white-water rafting and fishing, while beach lovers and water sporting enthusiasts will find PNG's coasts at Port Moresby and Madang irresistible. While Australia is flat and dry, Papua New Guinea is wet and mountainous - chock-full of unique flora and fauna (some of which are believed to have not yet been discovered). Kangaroos here do not skip across plains, but live up in trees (the so-called tree kangaroo), and its tourism infrastructure is undeveloped.
Wigmen at the Highlands
Papua New Guinea, culturally, is also one of the megadiverse countries on Earth. There are about 820 indigenous languages spoken here, as tribal villages are still the norm - only 18 percent of its population chooses to live in urbanized areas. About a thousand cultural groups live in the country, each with their own unique traditions and customs, which manifest in their colorful festivals such as the Goroka Show and the Tumbuan Mask Festival.
A trip to PNG's jungles and highlands (such as in the Chambri Region) will often result in visitors meeting and mingling with local tribes. Perhaps the most known among them are the so-called Huli Wigmen - a 600-year old people noted for their red and yellow face paint and decorative wigs.
Papua New Guinea Traveler Advice
Ta Marija Restaurant
In «Ta 'Marija», located in the center of the village Mosta you’ll be amazed by the welcoming atmosphere created thanks to the traditional setting of talented entertainers and warm ones. Every Wednesday and Friday after the Auto Reviews and Auto Shows that are shown in the TV, customers are invited to sing accompanied by mandolin and guitar, traditional and popular songs ... Read full Blog post
Ati-atihan in Kalibo Aklan
Ati-atihand origins ccan be traced to 1210 when refugees from Borneo would smear their faces with soot in affectionalte immitation of the Filipino natives The island of Panay in the Visayas is where this particular detail of Philipine history took place sometime ih the late 12th or early 13th century. For centuries hence, it has been commemoratged in one specific place - in Kalibo, the capital ... Read full Blog post
An Aerial fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Its a party in the sky as multi colored hot air balloons piloted ny different pilots from various partso of the world participated in this annual gathering. As early as 5am, the 2,500 hectare aviation complex at Clar Economic Zone in Pampanga was already crammedi with excitement. Clusters of hot air balloon participants busily prepare their own balloons for liftoff as they need to take advantage of ... Read full Blog post