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Lae is PNG’s second-largest city and, despite having a sizeable industrial base, is more attractive than Port Moresby. Like other PNG cities, the streets are filled with people and it can be hard to imagine what the crowds are doing. No one seems to be in a rush; happy to chat with friends and amble around town.

Most shops can be found in either of the two commercial mini-centres – Top Town and Eriku. There are also a few shops down the hill in China Town; named after the Chinese community who once lived here.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Lae.