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Short trip to Lae

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Short trip to Lae

G'day out there. I am thinking of going to Lae to visit my Uncle's grave site at the war cemetery. I am seeking advice as to suitable accoms. for 2 or 3 nights in Lae mid Sept. Self and adult son. We dont need 5 star but prob. prefer something with a pool, has been difficult to find a complete list of available accoms. and can't get a grip on the rates and amenities so I thought I would ask the experts. Also would be interested in the current exchange rates and would appreciate any other helpful info or tips. Can you get a decent cup of coffee in Lae? Thanks in advance.

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Woodford, Australia
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1. Re: Short trip to Lae

Hi Bill

Glad you don't need 5 star because it doesn't exist in PNG. I'd suggest checking out the Lae International and the Melanesian. The latter two are the [relatively] upmarket hotels and there are reviews of both on tripadvisor.

I'm pretty sure you can get a drinkable coffee at both; different people have different concepts of drinkable. Both the above have coffee shops.

Here's a list of Lae Hotels out of Lonely Planet


Here's the Melanesian's website


The Lae International's website appears to be defunct but I wouldn't draw any particular conclusions from that.

I would be wary of going too far downmarket as Lae, like Port Moresby, has a high crime rate and good hotel security comes at a price. The ride into Lae from the Airport on the armoured bus is a fitting entry - mainly reflects on the hazards of the road in. Check with the hotel re where its safe to walk during daylight, nowhere is safe to walk at night.

My AMEX card is currently getting me 2.35 Kina to the dollar net of their Commission for purchases in PNG.

Cheers skip

North West England...
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2. Re: Short trip to Lae

Gosh! I was born in Lae in '55. The Melanesian Hotel was there then! What a shame to learn of the updated crime situation.

Edited: 12 years ago
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