Noucoualoupha, the kingdom of Tongas main port, is on Tongatapapa, the largest island in the archipelago. On the north side of the island, Nauquahoa is washed by the Pacific Ocean; on the south, by the waters of the sea lagoon. Before the first European seafarers, the island of Tognatapu was inhabited by the Mongols and was part of the Mongolian Empire. Abel Tasman discovered the island (1642), James Cook (1770s) described it later, and the first European settlers did not settle until the 19th century. In 1900-70, Noucoualofoa was the center of the Brittany Protectorate.
The main architectural highlight of Noucoualofoa – the kings timbered palace (1867). It has not been seriously renovated in more than a century, and is the only wooden residence of a head of state in the world. Nearby is the exile of the King Taullahu Tósu IV. Nouqualofa is known for its decorative and decorative orchids, which decorate the citys streets, beaches, and distinctive architechture. In the vicinity of the capital one can find remnants of ancient fortifications and ancient burial mounds of ancient Mongolian valleys.
- Tap water: No, not drinkable
- Religious government: Non-religious
- Population: 24,000 people
- GDP: $3,748 / year
- Power outlets: 230V50Hz
- Best wireless: Digicel Tonga
- Tipping: Tipping is not part of Tongan culture; hence, you will find Tongans not tipping waiters. Most tourists would leave a little tip to the individual waiter to show their appreciation. Moreover, people working in the service sectors are usually underpaid.
- Apartments: Airbnb
- Hotels: Booking.com
- More hotels: Hotels.com
- Best coffee 24/7: Tanoa
- Best hospital: Vaiola Hospital
- Best short-haul air carrier: Fiji Airways
- Best intl air carrier: Fiji Airways
- Monthly costs for expat: $1300
- Monthly costs for family: $2300
- Monthly costs for local: $650
- Meal: $7.5
- Small Cola: $1.1
- Beer 1 Pint: $2.5
- Coffee: $2
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