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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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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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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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Name: Michael Turtle

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 256

Most Impressive: Iguazu

Proposal New WHS: Bagan, Myanmar

Update 2018-01-18

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