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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.

Map of Visited Sites

Recent Reviews by Michael Turtle

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.

>> Read on


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.

>> Read on


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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Nikko Michael Turtle

The town itself feels like a ski resort in summer… which it kind of is. But what I mean is that the visitors come for the day to walk in the hills or visit the religious sites but they don’t set up base for longer than eight hours or so. The few hotels near the train station all have vacancies and in the evenings most restaurants are either closed or empty. It’s during the day that there are queues out the doors for the popular lunch joints.

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Michael Turtle's Lists

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

Profile data

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 232

Most impressive: Iguazu

Proposal for a new WHS: Bagan, Myanmar

Recently visited WHS

Update December 5, 2016
Uluru
Québec