Madang is a province of Papua New Guinea.
Madang has a good range of things to do and see and is arguably PNG's main tourism destination. The province has a population of over 365,000. It has mountain ranges interrupted by river valleys and fertile plains. There is a dry season from May to September but the wet season is not oppressive. On the coast temperatures go up to 35 degrees but in the mountains it is much cooler.
Mt Wilhelm, the highest mountain in the country, lies at the border of Madang and Chimbu provinces. Mountain ranges run through the province, with waterfalls cascading hundreds of metres. Despite logging and agriculture (sugar, livestock, cocoa and copra) there is still much pristine rainforest. The major river is the Ramu, which is navigable by dugout or motorised canoe. A recent development is the RamuNico nickel mine, which has attracted considerable controversy with its plans to dump large quantities of tailings in the sea.
The coastline of Madang is volcanically active. Manam Island recently erupted. The crater of the imposing Karkar Island can be visited. Numerous species of bird, including birds of paradise, are found in Madang. The province also has huge butterflies. Madang plays host to many different tribes and up to 200 different dialects are spoken.
Most people in Madang are bi or tri lingual. Many will speak the language of their tribe or village, there are obviously a huge number of these as Mandang is one of the most linguistically rich plances on earth. Most people, will converse in Tok Pisin and have various degrees of ability of spoken English. Even so, people are extremely friendly and pointing will usually get you quite far if language is a barrier.
Most schools teach in English after pupils turn 11 but attendance and consistency of schooling varies from person to person and village to village. Most adults are able to speak and understand enough english for you to communicate, even in rural villages, there is usually at least one person in the village who can speak English.
There are coastal roads running north and south of Madang but the only road that provides access with the rest of the country is the Ramu Highway which links up with the Highlands Highway connecting Lae with Goroka.