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Explore Papua New Guinea on a River Cruise

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | August 29, 2016

Explore Papua New Guinea on a River Cruise

PHOTO: Papua New Guinea (courtesy Thinkstock) 

Getting to the heart of Papua New Guinea isn’t an easy task. It’s one of the world’s most hard-to-reach destinations as The Times' Jon Holmes discovers and writes about his experiences. 

“‘Expect the unexpected’ is the given (and best) travel advice for anyone visiting Papua New Guinea. It’s a country that’s casual about everything, from plane timetables to customs regulations to automatic weapons,” he writes in The Times. 

One of the best ways to discover PNG’s interior, as Holmes discovers, is on a river cruise, but he cautions visitors that this isn’t just a walk in the park kind of a vacation. 

“To be honest, if a fortnight in Spain is your idea of a holiday, then this probably isn’t for you,” notes Holmes. “But if you want to step back in time, into a world where painted men gather in huts to make peace with the spirits and women fish on the river banks, their babies clamped to their bosoms, get in early before the tourism dollar turns it all into a theme park.”

Holmes sailed on the Sepik Spirit, a small, comfortable cruise ship that takes guests along the  Karawari River in the northern part of the country.

READ MORE: Can PNG Air Help Spur Tourism in Papua New Guinea?  

“Head away from the raskols to travel deep into the jungles and you’ll find PNG one of the most fascinating places on the planet,” says Holmes. 

Holmes continues with up-close cultural encounters and an in-depth learning and understanding of the people of Papua New Guinea. Read more here


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