IELTS Speaking Part 2 Model Answer: Holidays

This is a band score 9 sample answer for a speaking part 2 talk in IELTS. This model demonstrates who you can expand each prompt with more information and description. This IELTS speaking part 2 model answer is estimated at band score 9.

Describe a holiday you recently had.

You should say:

  • where you went
  • how you got there
  • what you did there
  • and explain if you enjoyed it

Model Talk

I would like to talk about a holiday I went on in the south of Vietnam just a few months ago. I went with my parents to a town called Nha Trang, which is a lovely coastal town, and we decided to go there so that they could experience a different part of the country and see life by the beach.

We flew there from Hanoi, which is the capital of Vietnam. The flight took about 1 hour and on the whole it went smoothly. We managed to be one of the first on board and one of the first off when we landed. It was certainly quicker and easier than going by train, which can take over 15 hours.

There was so much to do there that we only had a chance to do just a few things on our three day trip. We took a cruise around the islands and also did some sightseeing inland as well. Taking part in a cookery course was great fun, where we bought fresh ingredients at the local market and learned how to use a wok to fry fresh fish and other seafood like crab and lobster.

We definitely enjoyed our trip and would go there again if we could. Seeing the colourful lifestyle of the locals and having a chance to see spectacular scenery was something we will never forget. For my parents it was a holiday of a life time and they’re still talking about it. If I could live there, I would.

Recommended Lessons

IELTS Video Lesson for Speaking: How to improve at home
IELTS Video Lesson for Speaking Part 1: What’s your favourite
IELTS Video Lesson for Speaking Part 3: Urban vs Rural Life

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  1. Monalisha says:

    Hi Liz,
    Tbank you so much for your help by posting so many vedios. All are very helpful. I want to know that how can I prepare answer for speaking.

  2. Monalisha says:

    Hello Liz,
    Your all vedios and suggestions help me. But how can I prepare the answer for speaking.

  3. I would or i’d??

  4. Hi Liz firstly I would like to say thanks so much for everything that you have been doing about teaching IELTS online. Honestly, I’m so glad I found your website. It’s giving me a great direction.
    In regards to the model talk, I don’t see complex tenses such as 2o and 3o conditionals, passive and others. It doesn’t need in the speaking part?

    • Here is the second conditional: “If I could live there, I would.” in the final line. The model also includes:
      past tense
      present tense
      present continuous
      second conditionals
      future form
      There is no third conditional offered but it would be easy to put it in. For example, “Our flight was delayed by five hours. If we had known, we would have taken the train”.

  5. Nazir Ali says:

    Dear Liz.
    Can you tell me if it is possible get 7 in speaking without any idioms ?????? Thanks in advance!!!!!!!

    • Of course you can get band 7 without idioms. But you will need to use other forms of idiomatic language, such as phrasal verbs.

  6. Hi Liz, do you think it is enough to prepare the common speaking questions for IELTS real exam?

    • The common topics and questions are a safe place to start but they won’t be enough. You also need to prepare other topics such as skills, leadership, flowers, water resources, food hygiene etc.

  7. Eliza christy says:

    Liz , do you think the native speaker will give us a complicated question in task 3 during test ?

    • All speaking part 3 questions are more difficult than in part 1. Part 3 covers broader issues and world issues.
      All the best

  8. 2 paragraph contain mistake “going no train”

  9. Hi Liz,
    If I do not understand cue card topic, what should I do???

    • Just try to give a talk as close to the topic as possible. The examiner is only interested in your English, not your ideas.
      All the best

  10. Hi, I think there is a typo in the last paragraph. It says “For my parents is was a holiday” and it should be “it was”


  11. Hii liz how are you.i have a doubt that u told in a upper statement that if we dont have any clue about the topic given.we must say that i really have no idea about this will they give us a new topic or there will b a deduction of marks.plz explain it

    • The topic will not be changed. That advice is just one way to begin your answer if you don’t have an idea to the question. Even if you don’t know much about a topic, you can still answer questions about it. Also you should be preparing all common topics for speaking which you can find on the main speaking page of this blog.
      All the best

  12. You mean we can reply such kind of questions that we are not sure or immediately can’t remember any examples with another possible answers.

    Thank you very much for your reply!

  13. Hi Lizz,
    I have a speacial question on speaking section 2 which is usually type of the questions about the experience that someone had. For instance, they are usually aboutthe kind of books you read or tv programmes you watched or holiday that you spent or o job you had in you life, etc.
    If we don’t have an experience on that topic what should we do? for the best example for this question is written below.

    Describe a book you read or a film you watched about the future.

    You should say
    what the name of the book or film was
    When did you or watched it
    What it was about
    And explain how you felt about it

    When a such kind of question asked that the candidate doesn’t remember or doesn’t have any experience in her/his whole life what should the candidates do?
    I haven’t read a book or watched a story about the future or I don’t remember any of them 🙂 I really stuck on these questions.
    I am looking forward to hear from you.
    Thank you very much about your usefull informations.

    • If you honestly are not able to talk about a future book or film, then you explain that in your talk and you continue your talk about a book you recently read instead.
      All the best

  14. Dr.Saqib Ali says:

    Dear Liz!
    kindly explain what to should be the appropriate answer if the examiner says introduce your self??It is a open question so what points must be covered in introduction?

    • The examiner doesn’t have that question in part 1 and the ID check / greeting only has 4 specific questions which can’t be altered – please see my video lesson about that. The IELTS speaking test is highly formatted and questions are planned – see practice tests to learn more about the test.
      All the best

  15. How can I get 6 band

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