TOPIC 10- Describe a visit to a different city than your hometown

TOPIC 10- Describe a visit to a different city than your hometown.


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Alice (English US)

George (English US)

Which city did you visit, and why?

Who did you go with?

What did you do when you were there?

What is your general opinion about this city?


Last year, I wanted to spend more time with my family for a holiday, so I surprised my parents by booking a guided tour for 7 days to Pattaya, which is over 100 km from Bangkok, Thailand. There were four people: me, my husband, and my parents. This was the first time we traveled abroad, so we were really ecstatic / and happy as well.

We spent 3 days in Pattaya City, which used to be a fishing village until the 1960s, but now is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Thailand. It is quite small compared to Bangkok, with a population of about 1 million citizens. We stayed at a hotel that is in the center of the city. At that time, we went to Coral Beach, which is about 7 km from the mainland, by boat. As I mentioned, What fascinated me the most was the beautiful scenery, clear water, and magnificent mountains. We walked along the beach, enjoyed seafood, and took tons of pictures.

After that, we spent the rest of the days exploring many local attractions and local street food as well. On the final day, we went shopping in the supermarket for various local specialties to give my friends and relatives as gifts.

After all, what impressed me most was that the local people were really kind and friendly; they were willing to help me whenever I was in trouble.

After the trip, my parents always talked about their experiences in Thailand with their neighbors and relatives with happy faces.

Although it was a short trip, it drew us closer, built strong relationships among us, and helped us get away from stress. So I really like this city and this tour as well. It is really worth it.



Alice (English US)

George (English US)

  1. Would you go back there again?

Oh, absolutely. If I get a chance, I will go there in the near future with my family because my mother really likes this city, and we can go to any places that we have a chance to explore on the previous trip.

  1. Some people like to plan their trips; others prefer to be spontaneous. Which do you think is better?

In my opinion, it’s good to plan the holiday in advance.

Firstly, It can help us save money by choosing a cheaper flight or affordable hotel to stay at.

Moreover, we can pick our perfect destination, and we can prepare clothes for the trip to have the best pictures. Like the last trip to Pattaya, my mother spent nearly 3 months preparing dresses to wear during the trip.

  1. What are the important preparations before taking a trip to another country?

We need to make sure our passports and visas are valid.

It would be best to learn about their culture and people so we can behave appropriately and wear the right clothes.

Lastly, have enough money to pay.

  1. When people travel to some countries, they need to request a permit, like a tourist visa. Why is this?

From my point of view, countries have visa restrictions in order to check and control the flow of visitors in and out of the country and to prevent illegal immigration and other criminal activities.

  1. Why is tourism now a bigger business than it has ever been?

As far as I’m concerned, tourism has developed rapidly because people have more money and more time than in the past. Transportation is faster and easier than ever. We can go to any place in the world.

That is why it is more and more popular these days.

  1. Can you think of any new kinds of tourism that didn’t exist 50 years ago?

Personally, I think eco-tourism and culinary tourism are prevalent these days. People love to visit nature and enjoy delectable food from around the world that satisfies their taste buds.

  1. Many people make travel arrangements using the internet; how has this changed tourism?

I reckon that the Internet has a profound impact on our lives. It makes everything easier than ever.

People can pay online, book the tickets, and book the hotel just on the internet, so they don’t need to go there. Get updates from all around the world on the weather or any changes to their plans.

I usually book hotels online on Agoda. It is really convenient and fast.


  1. tourist attractions (điểm thu hút du khách)
    • Phiên âm: /ˈtʊərɪst əˈtrækʃ(ə)nz/
    • Ví dụ: The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum are popular tourist attractions in Paris.
  2. the mainland (đất liền)
    • Phiên âm: /ðə ˈmeɪnlənd/
    • Ví dụ: Taiwan is an island located off the southeastern coast of the mainland.
  3. What fascinated me the most (Điều làm tôi say mê nhất)
    • Phiên âm: /wɒt ˈfæsɪneɪtɪd miː ðə məʊst/
    • Ví dụ: The intricate architecture of the Taj Mahal fascinated me the most during my trip to India.
  4. local specialties (đặc sản địa phương)
    • Phiên âm: /ˈləʊkl spɛʃiəltiz/
    • Ví dụ: When visiting a new place, I always make it a point to try the local specialties.
  5. what impressed me most (Điều gây ấn tượng lớn nhất với tôi)
    • Phiên âm: /wɒt ɪmˈprɛst miː məʊst/
    • Ví dụ: The hospitality of the locals and their warm welcome impressed me the most during my stay.
  6. be in trouble (gặp rắc rối, gặp khó khăn)
    • Phiên âm: /biː ɪn ˈtrʌbl/
    • Ví dụ: If you don’t submit the project on time, you might be in trouble with your boss.
  7. draw people closer (kết nối mọi người gần nhau hơn)
    • Phiên âm: /drɔː ˈpiːpl ˈkləʊsə(r)/
    • Ví dụ: Shared experiences and common interests can draw people closer to each other.


  1. spontaneous (tự phát, tự nhiên)
    • Phiên âm: /spɒnˈteɪniəs/
    • Ví dụ: We decided to take a spontaneous road trip and ended up having an amazing adventure.
  2. illegal immigration (nhập cư bất hợp pháp)
    • Phiên âm: /ɪˈliːɡ(ə)l ˌɪmɪˈɡreɪʃ(ə)n/
    • Ví dụ: Governments around the world are working to address the issue of illegal immigration.
  3. As far as I’m concerned (theo quan điểm của tôi)
    • Phiên âm: /æz fɑːr æz aɪm kənˈsɜːnd/
    • Ví dụ: As far as I’m concerned, education is the key to a better future.
  4. eco-tourism (du lịch sinh thái)
    • Phiên âm: /ˈiːkəʊ ˈtʊərɪz(ə)m/
    • Ví dụ: Many travelers are now opting for eco-tourism to minimize their impact on the environment.
  5. prevalent (phổ biến, thịnh hành)
    • Phiên âm: /ˈprɛvələnt/
    • Ví dụ: Smartphones have become prevalent in our society, with almost everyone owning one.
  6. delectable food (món ăn ngon lành)
    • Phiên âm: /dɪˈlɛktəb(ə)l fuːd/
    • Ví dụ: The restaurant served delectable food that satisfied my taste buds.
  7. has a profound impact on (có tác động sâu sắc đến)
    • Phiên âm: /hæz ə prəˈfaʊnd ˈɪmpækt ɒn/
    • Ví dụ: Climate change has a profound impact on the Earth’s ecosystems and weather patterns.


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