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Ambohimanga

23 km north of Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Madagascar
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Flea/ Street Markets
Description: The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning views overlooking rice terraces.
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Antananarivo
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Lovely little settlement up on a mountain. It is a world heritage site due to it having the original settlement of the king from some 200(ish) years ago. Interesting sights and a lovely view over Antananarivo from the top.

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Singapore, Singapore
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298 reviews 298 reviews
116 attraction reviews
279 helpful votes 279 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

The traffic is certainly pretty savage to get to this place, and despite only being about 25km from the centre of town the journey can take 90 minutes or more each way. The World Heritage Site itself is pretty small and less than an hour is required to wander around and also take in the views of the surrounding countryside.... More

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Ekaterinburg
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This place wasn't ineteresting for our family. Most things looks like not real historical artefacts. Foreigners should take a local guide for money and he will accompany you at small trip around old capital.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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72 reviews 72 reviews
11 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

While this place is out and lovely to visit you have to go thru hell to get there. Great views and we had a very good local guide that made the place very interesting.

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Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Well preserved King's fort and Queen's living areas, bit far from the city (1-2 hours) => taxi fare is high though entrance fee is low, English speaking guides available

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Valga, Estonia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We hired a car to get there and back. Looking around this royal settlement takes about 1,5 - 2 hours. We took a guide who spoke very good English. Also he had good knowledge of history and Madagascar. Inside the Kings house you get real feeling of simplicity of malagasy life. Behind the buildings is nice park and terrific view... More

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San Francisco
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66 reviews 66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

A visit to the old capital of Ambohimanga is maybe the best thing to do if you have a day in Tana. As it is approximately 20 km NE of Tana, the operation takes half a day (but a taxi ride out and in again is cheap). A local guide will provide good information about the early days of Madagascar... More

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Friday Harbor
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31 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This world heritage site is relatively small and can be visited in a half hour. There are some interesting old style buildings and some interesting artic=facts that used to belong to the Royals. the architecture is probably the most interesting aspect along with the commanding views.

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South East England
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We used public transport, easy enough if you have language skills and a good sense of adventure, but you can easily take a guide and taxi from Tana. Either way, the journey provides a charming view of rural life outside the "bustling" capital. If you're using public transport (taxi-brousse), there's a bit of walk up the hill to the Rova,... More

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Sequim, WA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The trip out there is half the experience. Scenes of village and rural life are abundant. The rova at Ambohimanga is only interesting if you have read some of the history or you have a guide to explain it to you. I would recommend a guide who also speaks Malagasy. The guide can ask questions to the caretakers who can... More

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