Las Vegas - Sin City

Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
Trip End Jun 27, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Nevada
Friday, May 29, 2009

Vegas is incredibly overwhelming for the first time visitor, no amount of warning could prepare you for what you see on arrival. In Vegas, being overwhelmed is no problem. Suddenly you don't care about the total disregard for the value of money, the gargantuan hotels blighting the landscape, the total lack of respect for the environment, the over-sexing of everything. If you don't like it you can just giddout!

Where to start? The hotels. My favourite is The Venetian. Who could resist a hotel with a canal running inside and out. In truth, they're all impressive in their own way. MGM has a live lion exhibit in the middle of the casino. Mandalay Bay has a shark reef!  The hotels impress inside and out. The Belagio has an hourly water fountain show in the 9 acre lake at the front. The Mirage combines fire and water at its Volcano Show. You don't have to spend to be entertained.

If you do however want to spend, you're spoiled for choice as to how you go about it. You could catch a show; Beyonce, Fleetwood Mac and Bette Midler were all in town joining residents such as Cirque du Soleil and Penn and Teller. We saw the V Ultimate Variety show showing world-class magicians, acrobats, comedians and jugglers - very entertaining but probably should have shelled out for a top class show.

Of course there's the gambling, what would Sin City be without it? We won $40 from a $1 bet, that was as good as it got for us. Matt and Laura from our tour witnessed one woman win $17,000 on the slots! The $40 we won paid for Charlotte and I to go up the Stratosphere Tower where I rode the two theme park rides on top of the 350m high tower. The rides deliberately dangle you over the edge but even go a step further. One actually goes as far as to position you toward the edge, lift the track to 45 and watch the terrified customers nearly die with fear as the car plummets toward the ground below, very scary (good fun though).

One of the benefits of being on our tour is the privileges that come with it. We enjoyed free cover charge to the Palms Hotel Playboy Suite. The views from the 55th floor were incredible (the views of the waitresses weren't too bad either). Drinks were incredibly expensive though, a bottle of Bud was $10, no tip on that). We then moved on to the Moon Nightclub and enjoyed stunning views from the super-stylish roof terrace. To finish the night off, Charlotte, Matt, Laura and I headed to Hooters for a nightcap and some 25c wings.

One thing I thought I'd never see was a Vegas wedding but ... We sat in the chapel listening to the receptionist calmly explain the history of the establishment when in strutted Elvis, all singing, all dancing. He was a right laugh, performing a fake ceremony for two people on our tour, "Do you promise to love her tender?" ... "never leave her in Heartbreak Hotel" ... "not step on his blue suede shoes" ... "not treat him like a hound dog". Comedy gold, Uh huh! When he appeared out from the rear door the room went crazy and I got my first taste of the Elvis effect.

Finally we had a trip to Freemont Street .  To me, this is how I imagine Vegas, the old style Vegas with the flashing lights in the streets. I consider it to be a less showy, less pretencious version of Vegas, drinks are a hell of a lot cheaper (I suggest the beers served in plastic footballs). BUT... nothing beats the strip, it's awesome. I want to live there! Forever! And then heaven be just like it!

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Gamblin'Man on

I agree the hotels in Vegas are incredible. Even though we always book on, my gf and I always try to stay someplace different.
There is just so much to see and do it, it's impossible to do it all in one trip.

Michael on

I love your description of the hotels! A really good resources for finding Las Vegas hotel deals is

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