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Travel Guide Oceania Melanesia Papua New Guinea Lae



Lae is the capital of Morobe Province and is the second-largest city in Papua New Guinea. It is located near the delta of the Markham River and at the start of the Highlands Highway, which is the main land transport corridor between the Highlands region and the coast. Lae is the largest cargo port of the country and is the industrial hub of Papua New Guinea. The city is known as the Garden City and home of the University of Technology.



Sights and Activities

  • Lae Botanic Gardens - Right in the heart of Lae city the gardens give a good appreciation of some of PNG's vegetation and attract a wide range of birds.
  • Lae War Cemetery - Contains 2,818 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 444 of them unidentified.
  • The Rainforest Habitat - This is a self-funding display on 10 hectares at the Lae University of Technology and has a large collection of animals and birds, including a dozen of the 30 species of Bird of Paradise found in Papua New Guinea. The Habitat has around 80 Birds of Paradise, many on display in a 3,000 square metre rainforest enclosure.



Getting There

By Plane

Lae Nadzab Airport offers flights to/from Alotau, Goroka, Hoskins, Madang, Popondetta, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Buka, Lorengau, Bulolo, Finschhafen, Kabwum, Lablab, Omora, Satwag Wau, Yalumet, Wewak and Vanimo.

By Car

Lae can be reached by car from most cities in PNG's Highlands, via the Highlands Highway, and also from Madang on the north coast.



Getting Around

By Car

Take care when driving around Lae as, although the roads are improving, there are many potholes.



Keep Connected


Internet usage among the people is relatively low. You can find internet cafes in major cities, towns and other tourist centers. Wifi coverage is still very low, but is growing.


See also International Telephone Calls

Papua New Guinea's international country code is 675.

Digicel is by far the better telecom provider. A new prepaid sim card is easy to purchase and can be used in any unlocked phone. Calls cost from 0.60-1.00 kina and SMS from 0.25 kina. Topup is available anywhere where there is network and also online (credit card or PayPal). Mobile Internet costs 0.35 kina per MB but it's possible to buy hourly (30 MB for 1 kina), daily (60 MB for 2.5 kina), weekly (150 MB for 10 kina) or monthly (900 MB for 65 kina) packages. There are also promotions and packages for calls and sms.


Post PNG offers postal service in the country. It is only recommended to use for sending postcards, as it is not very reliable nor fast. To send packages overseas, use international courier companies like FedEx, DHL or UPS.



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