Carlo Sarion Profile

I have always loved traveling--exploring what's out there and meeting people of other cultures. As a young kid I would spend my afternoon peering into my atlas, wondering when I could start traveling on my own. This only materialized in 2012 though, several years after I started working. But that was also the time that I have started noticing and learning about UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and since then, I never looked back and made visiting UNESCO WHS a part of my travel philosophy/goals.

More than traveling, I love geography, cartography, photography and diving. I am excited to come across this website and meet other UNESCO WHS enthusiast who would share their thoughts and updates about the things we like the most.

You may contact me at lcsarion@gmail.com

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Recent Reviews Carlo Sarion


Napier Art Deco historic precinct (T)

Carlo Sarion Philippines - 10-Jul-20

Napier Art Deco historic precinct (T)

The government of New Zealand lifted the lockdown restrictions a month ago, thanks to the country's competent leadership and highly disciplined population. This gave me a chance to plan for excursions to visit some of the country's UNESCO WHS inscribed and tentative sites this winter break. My first thought was to visit the different components that make up the Auckland Volcanic Field, but Napier proved to be attractive enough to make it my first UNESCO tentative site to visit while living and studying here in Auckland.

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Archaeological site of Laodikeia (T)

Carlo Sarion Philippines - 17-Apr-20

Archaeological site of Laodikeia (T)

I didn’t know I would become a fan of classical civilizations until I visited Turkey. In fact, Laodikea was not really part of my itinerary but because I was going crazy over ancient Greek/Roman ruins while I was there, I decided to visit Laodikea as my third ancient Hellenistic city within the area of Denizli, after Hierapolis and Aphrodisias. I thought it was a rewarding trip.

Date of Visit: August 2017

Description:

Based on its description in UNESCO website: (1) it was “founded as a city in the Hellenistic period” but was later assimilated into the Roman republic, and (2) the city was earthquake-prone and had been rebuilt several times until people had enough and settled somewhere else

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Dong Phayayen

Carlo Sarion Philippines - 11-Jan-20

Dong Phayayen

I noticed that very few of the UNESCO WHS I have visited are natural. Hence, when I was planning my trip to Thailand almost 2 years ago, I made it a priority to visit Khao Yai National Park, the most accessible among the five protected areas that make up the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex. Almost all of the other reviewers have visited Khao Yai in one way or another—as a day trip from Bangkok or as a tour from Pak Chong—so I am just going to add my review to share my experience taking a tour of the forest while staying in Pak Chong.

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Meidan Emam, Esfahan

Carlo Sarion Philippines - 10-Jan-20

Meidan Emam, Esfahan

I thought of reviewing an Iranian UNESCO World Heritage Site in light of Trump’s recent threat to the country’s cultural sites, as CNN reported. Sheer insanity I thought, but thankfully, Pentagon just completely ignored him as blasting cultural heritage sites constitutes a war crime.

Date of Visit: December 2016

Description:

The UNESCO website states that Meidan Emam (also called Naqsh-e Jahan Square) is one of the world’s largest public urban squares in the world, and indeed a tourism icon, with its construction started at the beginning of 17th century

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Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley

Carlo Sarion Philippines - 08-Jan-20

Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley

Frederic M has done what I believe is the best way to really appreciate the OUV of this site--taking a multi-day tour. This was what I hoped of doing when I visited Mexico, but unfortunately, I did not have enough time and resources and I was traveling with my friend who was not too inclined to do such tours.

Date of Visit: April 2019

Description:

The nomination file indicates that the Tehucan-Cuicatlan Valley is an “arid or semi-arid zone with the richest biodiversity in all of North America

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Profile Data

Name
Carlo Sarion
Country
Philippines
Most Impressive
There are several from those I've visited, but the most impressive would be the Namib Sand Sea, Cappadocia, Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, Ancient Thebes and the Pyramids of Giza
Proposal
Our government must nominate the following sites for inscription soon and at all cost: Mayon Volcano National Park, Paleolithic Archeological Sites in Cagayan Valley, Chocolate Hills Natural Monument and Kabayan Mummy Caves

Recently Visited WHS

Update 05.07.20
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Bagan 5
Vigan 4
Hoi An 3.5
Ping Yao 3.5
Prambanan 3.5
Rabat 3.5
Sigiriya 3.5
Trang An 3.5
Yazd 3.5
Bolgar 3
Kandy 3
Nikko 3
Puebla 3
Ayutthaya 2.5
Hué 2.5
Meknes 2.5
My Son 2.5
Sviyazhsk 2.5
Macao 1