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Profile 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

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

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.

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Ha Long Bay 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.

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Phong Nha - Ke Bang 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.

When it comes to these features, there are so many to see. The start of the cave is an enormous cavern, bigger than a stadium, but when you get a bit further in it’s the stalactites, the stalagmites, and the limestone columns that dominate the view.

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Salzburg 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.

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Name: Michael Turtle

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 232

Most Impressive: Iguazu

Proposal New WHS: Bagan, Myanmar

Recently Visited WHS

Update December 5, 2016

Québec
Uluru

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