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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: 245

Most Impressive: Iguazu

Proposal New WHS: Bagan, Myanmar

Recently Visited WHS

Update 09.06.17

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