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You Recently Went on a Holiday Tour, and Your Friend Lent You a Guide Book - GT Letter Band 9 Sample

You recently went on a holiday tour for a week. Your friend lent you a guide book.

Write a letter to thank your friend. In your letter,

  • tell your friend about the holiday

  • explain how the guidebook was helpful

  • tell him/her when and how you will return the guide book

GT Letter Band 9 Sample (A Holiday Tour for a Week)

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Model Answer 1

Dear Emily,

I hope this letter finds you well. I'm writing to express my heartfelt thanks for lending me the invaluable guidebook for my recent week-long holiday tour to Bali.

The trip was an absolute dream! Bali's vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and the warmth of the locals made every moment memorable. Your guidebook was my constant companion; its detailed insights into hidden gems, local eateries, and cultural hotspots transformed my experience. Particularly, the guidebook's recommendations for the secluded beaches in Uluwatu allowed me to escape the tourist crowds and enjoy serene sunsets. Its tips on local customs also greatly helped in enhancing my interactions with the Balinese people, making my trip not just a holiday but a cultural immersion.

Regarding the guidebook, it proved to be an indispensable resource. The detailed maps and public transport information simplified navigation, making my travels around the island hassle-free. The section on local etiquette was particularly enlightening, ensuring I respected the local traditions and customs. It felt as though I had a knowledgeable friend guiding me through the alleys and streets of Bali.

I plan to return the guidebook to you next weekend. I'll drop by your place on Saturday afternoon, if that's convenient for you. We can catch up over a cup of coffee and I can share more about the adventures your guidebook led me to!

Thank you once again for your thoughtful gesture. The guidebook not only enhanced my holiday but also made it a journey full of discovery and delight.

Warm regards,


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Model Answer 2

Dear Jacob,

I trust this letter finds you in good health and spirits. I am reaching out to convey my deepest appreciation for the guidebook you lent me, which proved to be an invaluable asset during my recent escapade to Kyoto.

My week in Kyoto was nothing short of magical. The city, with its blend of ancient traditions and modern marvels, was a feast for the senses. From the serene beauty of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove to the bustling Nishiki Market, every day was a new adventure. Your guidebook was my trusted ally, leading me through the city's labyrinth of history and culture. Its comprehensive coverage of historical sites, particularly the Fushimi Inari Shrine, enriched my understanding and appreciation of Kyoto’s heritage.

The guidebook was a treasure trove of information. Its meticulously curated list of local restaurants allowed me to savor authentic Japanese cuisine, from delicate kaiseki dishes to hearty ramen bowls. The detailed transport maps and etiquette tips were immensely helpful, ensuring that I navigated the city with ease and respect for local customs.

I plan to return the guidebook to you this coming Thursday. I'll swing by your office during lunch break; perhaps we can also grab a bite and I can regale you with tales of my travels, courtesy of your wonderful guidebook.

Thank you once more for this thoughtful gesture, which greatly amplified the joy and discovery of my Kyoto journey.

Best regards,


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Model Answer 3

Dear Kate,

Hope this mail finds you well. I am writing the letter to express my appreciation for the traveling book that I borrowed from you few months ago.

As you know, I went to Cairns during Easter public holiday with my colleagues. The reason for going there was that they held a farewell party for my final year as an expat in Australia. To me, it was a standout event in my life. We had some finger licking dishes cooked by a celebrity French chef and drinks forgetting the limit. The most unforgettable experience of the whole trip was the hot air balloon.

However, things could easily go wrong without the super tour guidebook that you lent me. The book helped us a lot in many aspects, such as choosing the cruises, planning the itineraries, finding the budget hotels, and booking the local favourite café. In addition, it recommended us for some fantastic alternatives while raining. During the vacation, since our Great Barrier Reef cruise postponed due to the bad weather, we followed the suggestion from the book to Kuranda rainforest as a backup plan.

I returned to Sydney last weekend and brought some Kuranda organic rainforest coffee beans to share with you. Hopefully, I will leave these fresh roasted beans and the guide book to your apartment concierge tomorrow afternoon. Please, make sure you receive these items after work. Also, let me know when you are available to catch up.

Thank you.

With best wishes,


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