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ginaphan
22-06-2006, 06:26 PM
Hi there, My company is asking me to visit PNG? Since I am ignorant about the place, I was wondering if anyone has been there and if yes, what can you tell me more about it.

Sasha
22-06-2006, 06:38 PM
Depending on what you'll be doing there and where you will be visiting, (ie: villages and so on), bring loads of wetwipes, and perfume . hehehe... The natives don't bathe.

ginaphan
22-06-2006, 06:54 PM
I gather I will only be in the capital (I hope). It would be for business meetings.

SunwayKid
22-06-2006, 07:07 PM
Gina...if you have a choice, my suggestion would be to convey to your boss, thank you but no thank you; even if you are staying at Port Moresby. If it is only for business meetings, the alternative is to meet in Australia, where your connecting flight to PNG is.

Feng
22-06-2006, 11:23 PM
my uncle was working there a couple of years ago. The people living there is very poor and crime rate is high. Be warned.

At the place my uncle worked, he didn't even have piped water, had to use water from mountain springs.

isarahim
23-06-2006, 12:35 AM
Hi there, My company is asking me to visit PNG?

I'd say risky, though not dangerous, if you stay in Moresby at a recommended hotel and don't deviate. Ask for the local organisation and/or partners & clients to cater for your transports.

Anyway...I'm envious...coz i have a passion for *the* archipelago...

saml
23-06-2006, 08:48 AM
I think if you stick to the hotels and have transport arranged it should be allright. It is not like they have a civil war there. Unless you are familiar with the place do not try to walk around like a tourist.

ginaphan
23-06-2006, 10:03 AM
Thanks, all, for the tips. I thought Port Moresby would be OK so thank you on the tip on the crime rate.

My adventurous spirit is making me want to go ..... that what made me accept the request to go to Pakistan just when the Aghan War was starting. No regrets on going.

Let's see how this business thingy goes and we'll see if I get this chance or not.

CS Chua
23-06-2006, 11:01 AM
If I were you, I will avoid going to Port Moresby. The Peace Corps pull out a few years ago. Their survey showed that a person is 3 times more likely to be robbed and raped in PNG than any Asian countries. Rascals (criminals ) are very common there and they are very daring, even in broad day light. If you have to go, use transport organise by your own people and stick to your hotel especially after dark.

And get lots of compensation from your office for going through much stress and risk. :D

Feng
23-06-2006, 02:19 PM
remember to buy insurance...

isarahim
23-06-2006, 07:07 PM
My adventurous spirit is making me want to go ..... that what made me accept the request to go to Pakistan just when the Aghan War was starting. No regrets on going.

Oh wow, i knew since waaaay back you're a kindred spirit....I think I'll propose to you one day... :D

ginaphan
24-06-2006, 01:00 PM
:)

I guess I'll take that as a compliment. :eek: :o

Would be good if we could meet one day. Let us all know if you come back for a visit.

Sentinel
24-06-2006, 07:05 PM
Ginaphan, PNG is not as safe as Malaysia, if thats what you want to know. Situation isn't really good but not as bad as the postings I read above. Port Moresby is okay, just make sure you have the right people accompanying you. It is not any better if you walk alone in Ho Chi Minh City, or Pnom Phenh after dark. I'm sure if you go into some parts of our very own KL like Lorong Haji Taib at night, you are more likely to be mugged than in Port Moresby.

The provinces outside of Port Moresby is really scenic and beautiful. Yes, some of the locals have very strong body odour but I don't think its because they do not shower, but I think its their diet. They eat a lot of lard including the private organ of the pig too. :D

Ginaphan, go and just be prepared with locals and guides, otherwise its safe. :rolleyes:

patrick
24-06-2006, 10:51 PM
Gina...if you have a choice, my suggestion would be to convey to your boss, thank you but no thank you; even if you are staying at Port Moresby. If it is only for business meetings, the alternative is to meet in Australia, where your connecting flight to PNG is.

Oh dear, Gina. Listen to SunwayKid's advice. I havent been to PNG but I have heard enough from my friends who have been there. I have heard so much, dont think I would ever want to go there even if it's an all expense paid trip. If you finally still have to go, be very, very careful and aware of crimes.

Timo
25-06-2006, 01:54 AM
I haven't been there myself so this is second hand information : I have two friends who have been to PNG, both are Australian, one was born there and spent a total of 18 years of his life there, and another worked for 4 years as an air steward for a small airline which flew regularly to PNG. The former fled back to live in australia permanently while the other quit the airline - both made these decisions because they feared for their lives.

Whether this is an exaggeration or not, I can't be sure - but you can be certain they made these decisions for the long term. For someone who is going for the short term, say a few days, or a couple of weeks, the risk may be at acceptable levels.

orchipalar
25-06-2006, 02:42 AM
Err...dear Gina:)...here is some travellers' tips to PNG...

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/destinations/pacific/papua-new-guinea?a=facts

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/destinations/pacific/papua-new-guinea?a=facts

or click..."tips from travellers".

Ahem...perhaps that would offer you better ideas about visiting there...:)

CS Chua
25-06-2006, 12:07 PM
What I wrote earlier is no exaggeration. I had gone there and visited a few places including PM. One thing you will see a lot are high walls with barb wires surrounding bungalows. In Manila they have similar high walls but no barb wires on top. That is the telling difference.

Use common sense. Go around with familiar faces and do not wander out alone. You should be OK then. The risk is 3 times higher but that does not mean it is a battle field where casualty is definite. PM has no touristy places. They are out in the provinces where it is safer. They have great places for diving and swimming. Beautiful country with lots of natural resources but gone to the dogs because of the greedy politicians. :mad:

wallace
25-06-2006, 11:24 PM
Check out the travel advisory of US & Australia on PNG at the following links:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_996.html

http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Papua_New_Guinea

ginaphan
26-06-2006, 04:23 PM
Thanks, all.

It certainly does sound scary, esp the travel advisory from the US. I will consider all these before I answer ze boss.

ericchan
26-06-2006, 04:52 PM
Actually i woudnt mind visiting and touring P. New Guinea something different and it would be whole exciting experience especially if one is a naturalist and adventureous like me. If a opportunity comes i would grab it.