Writing Samples: Task1

TASK 1 Question March 2007

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

One of your friends is going to visit your city for a short period. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, you should:

  • tell what time of year is most suitable for sightseeing around the city.
  • describe some places that are worth visiting
  • say how to find an inexpensive hotel

Write at least 150 words.

Model Essay

Dear Jackie,

I am more than excited to know that you are going to spend your holiday visiting Hoi An Ancient Town – one of the most peaceful towns in Vietnam. I am writing to tell you the most suitable season for touring Hoi An as well as give you a list of main tourist attractions in the town and some useful information about accommodation.

First of all, it would be a great idea to visit Hoi An in spring if you plan to enjoy the best season of the year. Indeed, there are a number of multicultural festivals lasting from early spring until the end of the second month of lunar  calendar, so you will have many options to choose from to arrange an ideal timetable for your sightseeing.

As to some must-see attractions, various kinds of ancient houses in Hoi An are undoubtedly the first choice for those who are keen on age-old architectural styles like you. In 1999, Hoi An was designated the UNESCO World Heritage Site, so I hope you will enjoy your time in this very unique living museum of oriental houses and lifestyle.

Also, your next destination should be the Museum of Trade Ceramics, which is a lively description of the history of Hoi An. Finally, it is a big mistake of you to come to Hoi An without visiting the picturesque Japanese Bridge. In spite of its name, the bridge, which was built by Japanese traders in the seventeenth century, carries delicate traits of ancient Vietnamese architecture.

Anyway, before you leave for Hoi An, I suggest you reserve your hotel room in advance via the Internet to save up to 50% of the expense as well as guarantee you a place in festival seasons.

As soon as you have finalized your travel plan, please give me a call and allow me to pick you up at Da Nang Airport.Cheers,


( 317 words)

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