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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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Rome Michael Turtle

Rome by Michael Turtle

I'm not sure what I can say you you wouldn't already know about Rome. It's an incredible city full of history and heritage. The struggle here, I imagine, was choosing what to leave out of the WHS listing.

I have been to Rome a few times but on my most recent trip, made the effort to see parts of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that I hadn't seen before. I found it really interesting to go deeper into the history and concentrate on just one or two of the important sites in the city. I think if you rush through Rome then you don't do it justice.

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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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Name: Michael Turtle

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 253

Most Impressive: Iguazu

Proposal New WHS: Bagan, Myanmar

Recently Visited WHS

Update 15.10.17

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