GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 164
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
Your friend has written a letter to you asking for advice regarding a visit that his/her parents will be making to your area in the near future.
Write a letter to your friend. In your letter,
- recommend a place where they can stay
- suggest the places they can visit
- oﬀer to do something with them
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin your letter as follows:
Model Answer 1:
Hope this letter finds you in good health and spirit. I’m really glad that you have decided to seek my advice before your parents’ future visit to my area.
The city, where I live, may not be that big, but it certainly has some interesting places to visit. Among them are a large open street market, an artificial but very beautiful-looking lake, an old shrine, and a great university that is always full of life. Your parents can actually visit each of these places, one day at a time, and they’ll find that almost an entire day of theirs is over just to visit only one place!
By the way, apart from visiting these places, I can take them to an old part of the city where many century-old buildings are still standing tall to announce their past glory.
Fortunately, none of these places is really that far away from the old downtown area where one can find lots of hotels to choose from. And if your parents are lucky, they can even get a very lucrative deal on their stay, depending on what time of the year they are visiting!
I hope they’ll enjoy their visit to our hometown a lot.
Model Answer 2:
I’m thrilled to receive your letter and hear about your parents’ upcoming visit to our area. I would be delighted to provide some recommendations and suggestions to make their visit memorable.
Firstly, I highly recommend they consider staying at the Hilton Hotel located in the heart of our city. Its convenient location, luxurious accommodations, and impeccable service make it an ideal choice for discerning travellers.
As for places to visit, I suggest they start by exploring the historic Old Quarter, where they can immerse themselves in the rich culture and heritage of Vietnam. They can wander through the bustling narrow streets, visit traditional temples, and indulge in authentic Vietnamese cuisine at the local street food stalls. Additionally, a visit to the serene Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple would offer a tranquil retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle.
To make their visit even more special, I would be thrilled to accompany them on a day trip to the breathtaking Ha Long Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts stunning limestone karsts, emerald waters, and picturesque islands.
I hope these suggestions will enhance your parents’ visit and provide them with a memorable experience. Looking forward to welcoming your parents and spending quality time with them.