Describe an interesting place that you have visited as a tourist - Cue Card # 345

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an interesting place that you have visited as a tourist.

You should say:

  • where this place is
  • why you went there
  • what you did there

and explain why you thought this place was interesting.

Model Answer 1:
Chinatown in Singapore is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited as a tourist. I have never been to China but Singapore’s Chinatown gave me a pretty good idea about this unseen country.

Chinatown is located within the larger district of Outram and the name was given by the British and is still used by the people. This place features the distinctive ethnic and cultural Chinese and it historically concentrates ethnical Chinese population.

I went to Singapore as a tourist and visiting Chinatown was scheduled by our travel company. It was probably early December 2012 when we visited the Chinatown.
As a tourist I explored as much area as possible of this region, I ate authentic Chinese foods, I visited Chinese Heritage Centre and saw the impressive and beautiful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple & Buddha Tooth Relic temple. I visited many mom-and-pop and traditional shops, bought some interesting stuff and talked to some local shop owners and salespersons.

The whole area was very attractive and interesting in my taste. I felt like I was witnessing something I have never seen existed. The street architecture of building, shop houses, painted ladies and the people gave me a totally different experience. I have tasted a whole different Chinese menu that I have never eaten.  Trengganu Street, Pagoda Street and Temple Street are some examples of unique and traditional architecture that was quite fascinating.

I stayed there for about 2 days and these 48 hours of time gave me a quite new and enthralling experience. I think this place was very interesting and quite distinctive in my experience.


Sample Answer 2:
Travelling is my hobby and I annually make a travel to any attractive place. In fact, this has become a part of me in the last couple of years. I went to Australia last year and visited the Bondi Beach, one of the national heritage of the country. The experience at the place was great for me. I have some interesting experience about this popular sea beach and I am happy to describe them here.

I stayed in Sydney and the beach is around seven kilometres away from the location where I stayed. The beach is named after the surrounding locality and has become popular in many senses. The sea beach is an attractive area and a good number of visitors gather here around the year to enjoy the natural beauty. Besides, there are some other recreational activities are also available in the beach area. I also took part in some of them and had derived great amusement then.  

As I said before, I have formulated a habit of travelling annually, it was as the part of my annual travel. In fact, I have a dream to travel across the world and accordingly, I am making my dream come true. I have visited in some other places like some parts of the USA and the UK. Besides, I also travelled in some other parts of Asia. But I have visited almost all the parts of Japan, my native land. Hence, it was the time to explore Australia. Being a large country, it was not possible for me to explore the entire land by this time. So, I planned to visit some of the parts of the country and will be back in the next year to explore the remaining. My visit to the sea beach was only for pure entertainment purposes.  

The beach became extremely popular after its initiation as a public picnic ground and amusement resort after the 1850s. At present, the beach is around one kilometre in length and a large number of people come enjoy the beauty of the ocean round the year. Some its parts are hazardous while the other parts are mild. So, swimmers need to be cautious while swimming on the beach. But I enjoyed the swimming on the beach and went almost every day to swim on the gentle part. The beach is also famous for some other sporting competitions and I enjoyed the district rugby league there. Surfing is fun on the wave. But I failed to float myself on the wave crown several times and then gave up surfing. In fact, surfing did not suit me like the other activities. It was the moments of the short film festival and I watched some of the special short films at the locality. Besides, sailing, beach volleyball competition etc. are the other popular activities that I took part in during my stay.

Bondi Beach is an interesting place for both the natives and outsiders. The beach has an exotic location with white sands. The deep blue water attracts the attention of the crowd. And a good number of them get engaged into various recreational activities. Besides, the view of sunrise and sunset are the two most enjoyable scenes from the beach. But I was able to attend only the sunsets from the beach as my hotel was a bit far from the locality. Further, the cultural events that take place on the beach are enjoyable to the last moment. So, I think this is an interesting place to visit in Australia.


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This is for people who want to visit "Ha Long Bay", a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, that I happened to visit two years ago. I went there as a tourist, and in my opinion, it is a very fascinating place - to say the least. Here, I will share the experience with you.

"Ha Long Bay" is located in Quang Ninh province which is in the north of Vietnam. The name Ha Long means "descending dragon". It is nearly 200 km from Hanoi and we took a bus to reach there from Hanoi. It took us about 4 hours by bus. You can also travel there in a coach or even in a helicopter on Saturday. As I have learned, the best season to visit Ha Long is in summer when the weather is warm and sunny.

I have always been fascinated by the country Vietnam, where my ancestors are from. So I have always wanted to learn more and explore more of this country. As part of this effort, I went there with two of my friends and stayed there for two weeks two years ago. During our stay, we visited this fascinating place called Ha Long.

Ha Long Bay has many beautiful caves and islands; therefore, we took boat trips to enjoy the view there. We also took many many pictures to remember the trip better, too. We also did water sports here like swimming, sailing, and windsurfing. We tried to get the taste of local food and the seafood there was simply incredible. They were incredibly fresh and delicious.

This was interesting mainly because of its truly magnificent location. As a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, it has some unique aspects that most other common tourist destinations lack. We enjoyed this place so much, it was full of adventure, people, culture, history, activity and fun.