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Chris combines business and leisure travel in an efficient luxury way. With ultimate goals to visited all continents, countries and UNESCO sites and finally go to space one day.

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Ensemble du Prah Khan de Kompong Svay (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 21-Jan-20

Ensemble du Prah Khan de Kompong Svay (T)

The last remaining real jungle temple I would say. It's an "easy" day trip from Siem Reap as the roads have improved (2019 status). Its still a 3 hour drive though and still best be done in a 4x4 as it's simply more comfortable.There are 3 main spots to explore. Keep in mind that this city was once much larger as Angkor! First the elephant temple (Prasat Damrei) which is just in front of the baray. It has now an active hindu temple on the top. 2 beautiful elephants remain. I then recommend to visit first the main temple Prasat Bakan (the only place which has entrance fee of a few USD). It's a huge complex but the entrance gate is most beautiful (complete). A LOT is in ruins and a lot was looted but still many carvings can be seen

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Médina de Sfax (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 21-Jan-20

Médina de Sfax (T)

Difficult difficult to say yes or no to become a WHS. We already have the Medina of Tunis and Sousse which I also visited. They are touristy. Sfax is authentic. I was the only western guy there as I didn't see any other tourist the 4 hours I walked through the Medina. In Sfax you can really see the local life and how it all goes. I love that. The narrow streets, the people and the smell. There are a few old houses open for museum and looking at the guest books they don't get many visitors. Dar Jallouli is the most famous. These old houses have beautiful courtyards. Of course there is a kashbah as well. Old mosques and the wall which is still very complete from what I could see

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The Ancient Capitals of the Kingdom of Tonga (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 21-Jan-20

The Ancient Capitals of the Kingdom of Tonga (T)

I enjoyed the two parts of this TWHS inscription. Each country deserves I think at least 1 WHS and for Tonga the ancient capitals can be one for sure.

Ha'amonga ‘a Mau'i Historic Park: This park has two structures. A trilithon and a stone which is said to be the kings throne. They are over 10 centuries old from the time the capital was located there. I had a look for maybe 20 minutes as that's all that it takes. But it's interesting to see how on such a small island in the middle of the pacific this was constructed.

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Lapita Pottery Archaeological Sites (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 21-Jan-20

Lapita Pottery Archaeological Sites (T)

Not sure what to think of this. I visited Tonga for 1 week and explored mostly the main island (maybe in the Ha'apai it's better?) where there is also a location. First of all, nobody knew about the Lapita Pottery SITES (they know about the pottery). It's not included in any tour.

I visited the Nukuleka site. It's there. But there is no excavations at the moment going on. It's just covered up and you cannot see anything. I tried to find pottery in a museum in Tonga but I was told what was there was taken abroad.

WHS? I do understand the value of Lapita pottery, but the sites themselves don't have any interesting value. I think it's a great museum piece and that's it.

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Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 21-Jan-20

Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites (T)

Yes I really enjoyed the stone money on Yap. The difficult part is to get there. Today (Jan. 2020) just 2 flights a week go from Guam. The flight from Palau isn't scheduled anymore. I visited already 2 years ago but finally have time to edit some photos and write my review. 

This money is everywhere on Yap. You'll see it at all the Faluw (Men's Houses or meeting houses). Even if you walk through the bush you can come across it. Some roads have it lined up on the side as well. It's protected each single stone how small it can be from 3 centimeters up to 4 to 8 meters wide. Most came from Palau where you can see the quarries. The bigger the stone, the nicer the stone and the more you have/had the wealthier you were. Interesting to see this legal tender. 

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