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Situated in the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea is a developing country unspoilt and breathtakingly beautiful.

When you arrive at Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea, or Lae the second largest town, the first impression would be of any developing modern city trying to cope up with growth and expansion. Make a trip into the countryside and you will find that Papua New Guinea is still a Lost World, unspoilt and breathtakingly beautiful. A country that was known to the Europeans from as early as 16th century, modern developments and relations with the outer world are rather recent phenomena in Papua New Guinea. Contacts with the outside world is still peripheral in many places. Most of the interior region of the country is inaccessible by roads and flying or trekking are the only way to reach these places.

The phenomenon of great seclusion has in someway helped in preserving the variety, traditions, and lifestyles of its people. The people here speak more than 700 different languages, and you won’t fail to notice this once you arrive in Papua New Guinea. It has a terrain that makes remarkable impression with its diversity, which ranges from high-rise mountains to coral reefs to palm-fringed, white-sand beaches. An average Guinese consider himself more of the Pacific than of Asia.

As the development is limited and options for getting high-quality services few, most of the day-to-day necessities come for a higher price than usual. Before venturing out, remember that the country is still facing many problems on the political front and crime rate is high, warranting adequate security precautions.

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