Views #1463 | Beginner (A2)

SEA Travels -Thailand and Laos

Abidemi talks about her trip to Southeast Asia.

Todd: Abidemi, what did you do for summer break?

Abidemi: For summer break, I went to visit some countries in Asia.

Todd: Oh, what countries?

Abidemi: I visited Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

Todd: Oh, great. What did you do in each country?

Abidemi: In Thailand, I was there for about a week. I ate a lot of delicious food and I met a lot of many nice people. I loved Thailand, so I hope to return again.

Todd: What foods did you eat?

Abidemi: I don’t remember the names but I just remembered that they were all good. (Laughter)

Todd: Thai food is so good.

Abidemi: Yes.

Todd: Did you go anymore in Thailand like the beach or the forest?

Abidemi: I was more interested in nature, so I traveled from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Chang Rai, and I went trekking and rode elephants. So that was one of the highlights of my trip.

Todd: Oh nice. How long was the trek?

Abidemi: The trek was about a day. It was a trek for 2, 3 hours but then we also stayed overnight in a community in the hills. And then the next day, we trekked for a little bit to come back to the city.

Todd: Nice. So was Thailand the first stop?

Abidemi: Yes. It was my first stop. It was supposed to be the shortest stop but I loved it so much that I spent more time there.

Todd: After Thailand, where did you go?

Abidemi: From Thailand, I moved on by land to Laos.

Todd: And what did you do in Laos?

Abidemi: In Laos, I mainly was in the northern part of the country, and I went zip-lining.

Todd: Oh fun!

Abidemi: It was fun. So—

Todd: So zip-lining is going flying from tree to tree?

Abidemi: That’s correct. So that was about two days’ worth of zip-lining, and we stayed overnight in a big tree house.

Todd: Oh, how fun.

Abidemi: It was quite an experience.

Todd: Nice.

Abidemi: I really enjoyed it.

Answer these questions about the interview.
Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary



I went trekking and rode elephants.

When you go trekking that means you go hiking but for a longer stay. Notice the following:

  1. He went trekking in the alps.
  2. He carried food in his pack for his trek.



That was one of the highlights of my trip.

A highlight is one of the best parts of an event. Notice the following:

  1. Meeting local people was the highlight of my trip.
  2. For many people, having children is the highlight of their life

move on


I moved on by land to Laos.

Here, move on means to travel or go to another place. Notice the following:

  1. It is late. We better move on.
  2. After France, we moved on to Spain.



I went zip-lining.

Zip-lining is a sport that is flying in the air by a wire or cable and moving from tree-to-tree or place-to-place. Notice the following:

  1. He took me zip-lining for my birthday.
  2. He is afraid of heights, but tried zip-lining anyway.

tree to tree


Zip-lining is going from tree to tree.

You can move tree to tree, door to door, house to house, place to pace, etc. Notice the following:

  1. The squirrels run tree to tree.
  2. He is a door-to-door salesman.

quite an experience


It was quite an experience.

This phrase is a collocation. We often say "quite an experience" to mean a very memorable time. Notice the following:

  1. The party was quite an experience.
  2. My time in Europe was quite an experience.

Vocabulary Quiz

trek • highlight • move on
zip-lining • to • quite
  1. He has to . It is late.
  2. Her trip was an experience.
  3. I love to go in the rain forest.
  4. He went on a across the Alps.
  5. The festival was the of the trip.
  6. The police went door door looking for the man.

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