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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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Sintra Michael Turtle

Sintra by Michael Turtle

I decided to do a one day trip to Sintra from Lisbon. I think this is the minimum amount of time you should spend there. In retrospect, I wish I had done two days there - either staying overnight in Sintra town or catching the train back again from Lisbon.

It's a beautiful landscape with so much to see. I found it fascinating to see the evolution of the site from the period of the Moors, through the Medieval years, up to the Romantic 19th century and even into the way Sintra is used today.

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Pont du Gard Michael Turtle

Pont du Gard by Michael Turtle

Although the Pont du Gard is not near to any main towns, it is definitely worth the effort to go and visit. It's quite an awe-inspiring site to see the scale of the bridge in person and I did a lot of walking around to get views of the structure from different perspectives.

The admission cost is quite reasonable and I would highly recommend getting the ticket that gives you access to the museum and takes you on a guided tour of the aqueduct channel on the top level of the bridge. The museum has excellent exhibitions that explain the history of the site, and I don't think you can really appreciate how it works until you walk along the top level.

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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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Name: Michael Turtle

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 263

Most Impressive: Iguazu

Proposal New WHS: Bagan, Myanmar

Update 2018-04-25 13:42:23

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