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Published: October 25th 2017
Manila, Philippines to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
5+ hour flight much cheaper and shorter than flying to PNG from Australia
Made it safely to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. We have been advised to stay away from the capital city as it is very dangerous to foreigners and it is specially known for the gang rapes and robberies at machetes and gun point.
Spending time at a hotel has never been my cup of tea, but as much as my adventurous soul wants to go take a look and snap some shots of the city and the people...after doing some research online I put on my breaks and now I am chilling at a secured hotel in the outskirts of the city and near the airport so we can conveniently catch the next flight in a couple of days and start 2nd leg of this unique trip. 😅
We took a midnight flight from Manila and we landed in Port Moresby about 5 hours later. We are now 14 hrs ahead of USA.
We were worried about overweight fees because Philippines Air website metiones a max allowance of 23 kilos but at the counter they said it was 30 kg. That saved us a lot of money in overweight since one bag was 33kg and the other one
The plane was not busy at all, about one passanger per row. And most of the passangers were foreigners. I remember looking at everyone thinking what can they possibly be doing in PNG. The seats were uncomfortable and the food was not tasty. I didnt even eat it.
Since we are staying less than 60 days we were allowed to request visa on arrival which to our surprise was free.
We were able to get Papua New Guinean Kina from an ATM right at the airport. The exchange at the time is about 3 Kinas per dollar. Also beside the exit there are 2 sim cards stores. Digitel and Vodaphone. Both offer free sim cards to tourists and yiu can load them online. I got both just in case and bought a 3G data plan for US$30 for 30 days. I am very curious to see if it works in the areas we will be going to: Walindi, Tufi and Tuwali.
We been told by someone that lived in PNG for 2 years that Port Moresby is very dangerous. So we booked a hotel on the outskirts and within 6km from the airport since
we have to catch another flight to get to Walindi. Another criteria to choose hotel was security around the building. I was wondering how dangerous the place really was … so I searched online and the results confirmed my fears. We decided to stay away from Port Moresby, not even worth to take a risk, especially not at the beginning of our trip.. towards the end after all our diving maybe... For more info click here: http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/tours/papua-new-guinea-is-port-moresby-safe-or-dangerous/ or https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/112708/brit-and-girlfriend-kidnapped-stripped-beaten-and-tortured-by-jungle-tribe/ also http://taysbucketlist.com/2014/09/the-worlds-most-extreme-country-the-cannibals-paradise/
News from today http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2224612/The-Gangs-New-Guinea-Chilling-photographs-street-criminals
Anyway we stayed at Lamana hotel. I thought it was expensive for a layover hotel US$155 and it was the cheapest of its kind.. and the restaurant menu same…
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