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Coming to travel PNG , looking for feedback
Posted September 18th, 2012 - 7:41 am by from Amsterdam, Netherlands (Permalink)
Hi All active CSers!

I'm in Australia at the moment , planning to leave 23rd of octobre to Indonesia , and when it all works out to travel overland from Jayapura to West PNG and spend hopefully 2 months exploring there.. My main question;
in the PNG lonely planet i picked up from the library here it says the months December-Febuary are the worst to travel PNG , due to the monsoon/washed away roads/transport difficulties. I thought of going to PNG from the 23rd of December -when my indonesian visa runs out- till the 23rd of febuary. Can any local or expat there tell me if I should postpone or cancel my trip then , or if it's possible to travel and enjoy my time there during the monsoon period??
It's all relative offcourse , but I would appreciate some feedback.. I will basically travel west-east , flying as little as possible , but always up for sea/river/cargoboats..I don't have a 'main interest' like just hiking or wildlife , up for all that comes my way , as long as I can get around..
Hope to hear from some of you!
Cheers
Thomas

Posted October 4th, 2012 - 10:52 am by from Copenhagen, Denmark (Permalink)
Hi Thomas
I can imagine it would be a bit hard to get around on the roads that time of year, but then again it is hard anyway doing monsoon or not. Was travelling around in PNG for a couple of months, and sometimes I had to walk for two or three days to the next road/junction, because the roads where blocked by landslides. So, I think as long as you have a lot of time (two months is good) you will be fine. They say, "expect the unexpected" in PNG, and there is a reason for that - you will see when you go. You should not cancel your trip to PNG it is the coolest place and nobody travels there, so sometimes it feels like stepping in to a new world. Get to the Highlands, coastal areas and the Island provinces. Especially the Island provinces are little explored by travellers and the nature is crazy - go and live out your inner Indiana Jones!
Doing the months I travelled there, and I only stayed with local families. Do that as well - they will take you in and treat you as a king. Very kind people.
Anyways, safe travels!
Cheers from Dave