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Michael Turtle

I'm a travel journalist and blogger who started counting World Heritage Sites in 2011. Often I try to visit the sites as part of other trips - although sometimes I will go to a country just with the mission to see as many as possible.

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Preah Vihear Temple Michael Turtle

Preah Vihear Temple by Michael Turtle

It's not an easy place to get to but it's worth the effort. I organised a driver from Siem Reap and that was definitely the easiest way to do it. Although there's a lot of military around, there was no hassle getting into the site.

It's a really interesting site and there's a fair amount to see. A few hours is enough time to get around it all properly, though. I would definitely recommend making the side trip from Angkor to also see Preah Vihear.

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Citadel of the Ho Dynasty Michael Turtle

Citadel of the Ho Dynasty by Michael Turtle

The citadel is in a small town called Vinh Loc. I couldn’t find mention of any tours that go there and there is no direct public transport options for other cities where you might be travelling through. In the end, I found a local bus that took 90 minutes from a city called Thanh Hoa, which I was not intending to visit. It seemed like the easiest way, though, short of hiring a car and driver for a day. I guess I was hoping there might be a good payoff for all this effort.

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Ha Long Bay Michael Turtle

Ha Long Bay by Michael Turtle

Ha Long has big problems - overcrowding, pollution, and an inconsistent tourism product. That doesn't take away from the beauty of the place but it does present some concerns.

It's hard for people (myself included) to choose a boat to go on. None of the travel agencies actually own the boats they are selling you a place on. They work on commission and they get more commission from certain companies – so they’re the ones they’ll push. They also don’t really know whether there will be a place on the boat they are selling you. It’s entirely possible (and happens very often) that you actually just get on-sold to another boat without realising until it’s too late.

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Phong Nha - Ke Bang Michael Turtle

Phong Nha - Ke Bang by Michael Turtle

As a regular tourist, you can only walk through the first kilometre and a half of Paradise Cave, although there are special tours that can take you further. This first section is designed for visitors, with a wooden pathway the whole way and tasteful lighting illuminating the special features along the way.

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Salzburg Michael Turtle

Salzburg by Michael Turtle

Just the name ‘Salzburg’ is enough to conjure up images of European modern fairytale – majestic churches, colourful facades, quaint shops on quiet streets, narrow bridges over a wide river. Even if you have never been (and I hadn’t until now), you probably have a feeling of Salzburg, regardless of whether you have a mental picture.

The Austrian city is one of those places that’s talked about as an iconic destination for a trip in this region – and, I can tell you, it’s justified. Salzburg is beautiful from the approach, beautiful from above and beautiful from within. As a whole, it creates a consistent panorama of style. Zoom in further and each building, plaza, restaurant is captivating on its own.

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Name: Michael Turtle

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 249

Most Impressive: Iguazu

Proposal New WHS: Bagan, Myanmar

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Update 04.09.17

Lists

  1. Durmitor National Park
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Cape Floral Region
  4. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  5. Arequipa
  6. Villa d'Este
  7. Val d'Orcia
  8. Vienna
  9. Tugendhat Villa
  10. Mazagan
  11. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  12. Stralsund and Wismar
  13. Trebic
  14. Kew Gardens
  15. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  16. Rio de Janeiro
  17. Muskauer Park
  18. Royal Exhibition Building
  19. Primeval Beech Forests
  20. Kii Mountain Range
  21. Regensburg
  22. Etruscan Necropolises
  23. Centennial Hall
  24. Le Havre
  25. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  26. Central Highlands
  27. Kathmandu Valley
  28. Genoa
  29. Sewell Mining Town
  30. Melaka and George Town
  31. Preah Vihear Temple
  32. Sulaiman-Too
  33. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  34. San Marino and Mount Titano
  35. Kotor
  36. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  37. Bordeaux
  38. Caral-Supe
  39. Stoclet House
  40. Australian Convict Sites
  41. Valletta
  42. Wadden Sea
  43. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  44. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  45. Thang Long
  46. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  47. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  48. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  49. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  50. Fagus Factory
  51. Margravial Opera House
  52. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  53. Rabat
  54. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  55. Trang An
  56. Van Nellefabriek
  57. Silk Roads
  58. Pyu Ancient Cities
  59. Corvey
  60. Tomioka Silk Mill
  61. Los Glaciares
  62. Qhapaq Ñan
  63. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  64. Western Tien-Shan
  65. Gorham's Cave Complex
  66. Great Barrier Reef
  67. Sydney Opera House
  68. Speyer Cathedral
  69. Würzburg Residence
  70. Medina of Fez
  71. Florence
  72. Medici Villas and Gardens
  73. Lord Howe Island
  74. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  75. Anuradhapura
  76. Polonnaruva
  77. Sigiriya
  78. Belem
  79. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  80. Lübeck
  81. Cuzco
  82. Machu Picchu
  83. Chitwan National Park
  84. Vatican City
  85. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  86. Cracow
  87. Cologne Cathedral
  88. Aachen Cathedral
  89. Québec
  90. Iguazu National Park
  91. Statue of Liberty
  92. Yosemite National Park
  93. Auschwitz Birkenau
  94. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  95. Chavin
  96. Medina of Marrakesh
  97. Huascaran National Park
  98. Iguacu
  99. Istanbul
  100. Chan Chan
  101. Trier
  102. Gondwana Rainforests
  103. Giant's Causeway
  104. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  105. Stonehenge
  106. Toledo
  107. Studenica Monastery
  108. Venice and its Lagoon
  109. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  110. Budapest
  111. Acropolis
  112. Hawaii Volcanoes
  113. Blenheim Palace
  114. Westminster
  115. City of Bath
  116. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  117. Great Wall
  118. Imperial Palace
  119. Monticello
  120. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  121. Uluru
  122. Kandy
  123. Old Town of Galle
  124. Luang Prabang
  125. Xanthos-Letoon
  126. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  127. Tower of London
  128. Epidaurus
  129. Canterbury
  130. Lima
  131. Vigan
  132. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  133. Olympia
  134. Potsdam
  135. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  136. Quedlinburg
  137. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  138. Maulbronn Monastery
  139. San Gimignano
  140. Te Wahipounamu
  141. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  142. Skogskyrkogarden
  143. Drottningholm
  144. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  145. Ayutthaya
  146. Bryggen
  147. Borobudur
  148. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  149. Komodo National Park
  150. Prague
  151. Cesky Krumlov
  152. Telc
  153. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  154. Bamberg
  155. Fraser Island
  156. Prambanan
  157. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  158. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  159. Brú na Bóinne
  160. Horyu-ji Area
  161. Angkor
  162. Ha Long Bay
  163. Baroque Churches
  164. Hué
  165. Völklingen Ironworks
  166. Ancient Kyoto
  167. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  168. City of Luxembourg
  169. Nasca Lines
  170. Vicenza
  171. Siena
  172. Messel Pit
  173. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  174. Bauhaus Sites
  175. Crespi d'Adda
  176. Kutna Hora
  177. Ferrara
  178. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  179. Schokland
  180. Colonia del Sacramento
  181. Medina of Essaouira
  182. Oporto
  183. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  184. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  185. Genbaku Dome
  186. Itsukushima Shrine
  187. Independence Hall
  188. Luther Memorials
  189. Salzburg
  190. The trulli of Alberobello
  191. Ravenna
  192. Pienza
  193. Paphos
  194. Meknes
  195. Verona
  196. Ping Yao
  197. Kinderdijk
  198. Tallinn
  199. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  200. Botanical Garden, Padua
  201. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  202. Modena
  203. Versailles
  204. Volubilis
  205. Medina of Tétouan
  206. Classical Weimar
  207. Choirokoitia
  208. Flemish Béguinages
  209. The Four Lifts
  210. Grand Place, Brussels
  211. Holy Trinity Column
  212. Pyramids (Memphis)
  213. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  214. Holasovice
  215. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  216. Ancient Thebes
  217. Ancient Nara
  218. Temple of Heaven
  219. Historic Cairo
  220. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  221. Wartburg Castle
  222. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  223. Beemster Polder
  224. Litomysl Castle
  225. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  226. Rome
  227. Nikko
  228. Robben Island
  229. Greater Blue Mountains
  230. Saint-Emilion
  231. Laurisilva of Madeira
  232. Cueva de las Manos
  233. Peninsula Valdes
  234. Mycenae and Tiryns
  235. Belfries
  236. Hoi An
  237. My Son
  238. Dubrovnik
  239. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  240. Valparaiso
  241. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  242. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  243. Ischigualasto / Talampaya
  244. Churches of Chiloé
  245. Reichenau
  246. Zollverein
  247. Assisi
  248. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  249. Brugge
  1. Preah Vihear Temple
  2. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  3. Ha Long Bay
  4. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  5. Salzburg
  6. Nikko
  7. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  8. Ancient Nara
  9. Ancient Kyoto
  10. Los Glaciares
  11. Cueva de las Manos
  12. Peninsula Valdes
  13. Gondwana Rainforests
  14. Greater Blue Mountains
  15. Uluru
  16. Xanthos-Letoon
  17. Istanbul
  18. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  19. Kotor
  20. Durmitor National Park
  21. Tower of London
  22. Westminster
  23. Blenheim Palace
  24. Brugge
  25. Major Town Houses
  26. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  27. Grand Place, Brussels
  28. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  29. The Four Lifts
  30. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  31. Stoclet House
  32. Churches of Chiloé
  33. Sewell Mining Town
  34. Valparaiso
  35. Ischigualasto / Talampaya
  36. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  37. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  38. Iguacu
  39. Iguazu National Park
  40. Rio de Janeiro
  41. Colonia del Sacramento
  42. Temple of Heaven
  43. Great Wall
  44. Yosemite National Park
  45. My Son
  46. Hoi An
  47. Royal Exhibition Building
  48. Hué
  49. Flemish Béguinages
  50. Arequipa
  51. Qhapaq Ñan
  52. Lima
  53. Regensburg
  54. Maulbronn Monastery
  55. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  56. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  57. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  58. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  59. Wadden Sea
  60. Stralsund and Wismar
  61. Bauhaus Sites
  62. Fagus Factory
  63. Primeval Beech Forests
  64. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  65. Messel Pit
  66. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  67. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  68. Medina of Essaouira
  69. Medina of Marrakesh
  70. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  71. Bryggen
  72. Te Wahipounamu
  73. Baroque Churches
  74. Sigiriya
  75. Anuradhapura
  76. Polonnaruva
  77. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  78. Central Highlands
  79. Kandy
  80. Old Town of Galle
  81. Wartburg Castle
  82. Speyer Cathedral
  83. Muskauer Park
  84. Völklingen Ironworks
  85. Classical Weimar
  86. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  87. Potsdam
  88. Zollverein
  89. Bamberg
  90. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  91. Lübeck
  92. Corvey
  93. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  94. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  95. Luther Memorials
  96. Würzburg Residence
  97. Quedlinburg
  98. Cologne Cathedral
  99. Medina of Fez
  100. Mazagan
  101. Meknes
  102. Volubilis
  103. Rabat
  104. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  105. Aachen Cathedral
  106. Le Havre
  107. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  108. Schokland
  109. Thang Long
  110. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  111. Brú na Bóinne
  112. Robben Island
  113. Tallinn
  114. Angkor
  115. Trang An