Travel Tips

Tok Pisin

“Tok Pisin” is one of the official languages spoken in Papua New Guinea and the most widely spoken. However, the use of Tok Pisin has a shorter history in some parts of Western, Gulf, Oro & Milne Bay Province and is less common, especially among elderly people. Some of useful words and expressions are

Useful words

Yes- Yes Nogat – Noistap/stap – staying/ am

Mi – I       Yu – You       YuMi – we (you & I)

Em – he, she, it orait – all right, OK tasol – just, only

wanem — what  we (pronounced“uei”) – where    

;     hamas — how much

kaikai – food (noun), or “to eat” (verb)       tru — very

long — from, to, in, on, at, about…(universal preposition apart from possession/attribution)

bilong —(preposition used for possession/attribution) ex. Haus bilong mi – my house,

lukim — to see (verb)       hamamas – happy        kam — come (verb)       go – go (verb)       Save – knowledge (noun), or to know (verb)

Monin – Good morning   Apinun – Good afternoon  Gunait – good night      

nem  — name        lukim — to look (verb)       Haus — house      

rausim – take out , to remove(from German word “raus”)       Haus Sik — Hospital

balus   — dove/pigeon/airplane       ples balus — Airport


Mi go long Rabaul — I go to Rabaul

M i kam long Australia – I come from Australia

Yu istap orait ? – How are you ?

Mi stap orait tasol – I am just fine.

Mi save long em – I know (about) him/her/it

Mi no save long em — I don’t know (about) him/her

Mi no save long em — I don’t know (about) him/her

Mi hamamas long lukim yu — I am happy to see you

Wanem nem bilong yu ? — what is your name ?

Nem bilong me Peter — My name is Peter

Tenkiu tru – thank you very much

Lukim yu — See you /Bye

Wanem Taim nau ? — what time is it now ?

Yu go we ? — where are you going ?

Mi go long Haus Sik – I am going to Hospital

Em hamas ?

— how much is it ?


Papua New Guinea is rugged country with lots of interesting trekking.

The Highest Peak is Mt Wilhelm, at 4,509m. You can make a 3-4 nights trip out of Goroka to this summit.

Although no special trekking equipment or skill is required, you have to walk with local guide, as there is no sign on the trek. Another popular trek is Kokoda Trek, 96Km trek between Port Moresby & Kokoda in Oro Province. The Highest point of the trek is just over 2,000m, but this is much, much harder trek that will take 7-8 days in a tropical climate. There are lots more trekking rout to be explored.


Tourist Visa to Papua New Guinea is free of charge as of October 2013 and valid 60 days from the entry.

Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of intended travel.

Passport Holders of UK & European countries (Except former Soviet Union countries), USA, Canada, Asian countries (Except China& India), and Oceania/Pacific countries (Except Australia) can obtain Tourist Visa on arrival at Port Moresby Airport.

For other passport holders, please consult your nearest Papua New Guinea Embassy/High Commission or Australia Embassy to obtain Visa in advance.


All major towns have reticulated water, but as a visitor to the country, you are recommended to drink bottle of water or boiled water. Most of the major hotels in the country are equipped with jag in the room– you can boil the tap water, cool it in the fridge and fill the bottle.

During the Sepik Canoe Safari, 1 x Large Bottle of Water is supplied every day. If you think it is not enough, you may carry your own water bottle (or recycle the empty water bottle), making sure you are not dehydrated.

During the Mt Wilhelm Trekking, you have ample opportunities to refill your bottle with boiled water, at Kegusugul, and again at Lake Piunde. However when you pass the Piunde and Aunde lake, there is little chance of getting fresh water.