Tuesday, 4 October 2011

USA (Part 2) - Las Vegas

After 7 hours of bus ride, we finally arrived at Las Vegas! We took a poorly-maintained Greyhound bus and it was quite uncomfortable. It was free seating and as we were one of the last few to board the bus, we had no choice but to sit right behind; at a seat that's just beside the toilet in the bus and there's some 'fragrance' when someone used the toilet -.-''' Well, that's the price to pay for taking the bus instead of a flight in order to save money.

It was a great relief when we finally arrived at Las Vegas. We took a cab to our hotel and was bitched by the cab driver because we did not give him any tips (it was not the norm in Singapore to give tips to cab drivers). Well, I guess that was a lesson learnt for not doing enough research before travelling.

We checked in to our hotel, Stratosphere, which was in the Old Vegas. All the grandeur and luxurious architectures are in the New Vegas. Of course, our hotel was cheaper than those in the New Vegas. We're on a budget, sigh, so didn't stayed at those grand hotels in New Vegas.

Needless to say, there were many photos opportunities in Las Vegas and the architectures were simply amazing especially at night when the lights lit up. Okay, photos time now!

Hotel Riveria,, So colourful! haha..

Looks so grand! Can you see Palazzo, Venetian, Casino Royale and er.. MacDonald's?

Excalibur! It's a fairy tale castle! <3 i="">

Everything in this picture belongs to one hotel: New York New York..

Some hotel which I had forgotten the name.. 


MGM..The big golden lion!

Luxor hotel. The hotel rooms are in the triangular pyramid that has a spot light shining straight up at the top!

Paris Las Vegas hotel.. Wow.. Eiffel tower and the arc of triumph..

Caesars Palace.. Is that the David's statue?

Bellagio and it's waterfall show.

Fremont Street. 

LED display at the roof top of Fremont Street!

There were many other grand architectures in Las Vegas which we did not have pictures. It's simply just too many buildings and we couldn't capture them all. The architectures were too 'over-whelming' for us. hahaha..

Other than the grand buildings, there were also many bars and clubs around, and many "services" like this.

While walking along the streets, you will also find many booths (without people manning them) with free small cards printed with naked women advertising these "services". Yes, nobody was manning the booths and you can take as many naked women cards as you want. There's also people distributing such cards along the street, as if they were distributing flyers. My boyfriend was given an advertisement card by a guy on the streets despite me standing beside him and holding his hand -.-'''

Another place you can't miss when you are in Vegas is Casino! Casinos are literally everywhere in Vegas. We tried our luck and concluded that we were having a losing streak after losing US$40 within 10 minutes. Okay. We shouldn't be gambling.

And what do we do during the day? Outlet shopping! The prices were really good buy, best buy, must buy!

Next, yummy restaurant I must recommend; The Cheesecake Factory! It's located inside Caesars Palace. Don't be fooled by the name, it does not only serve cheesecake. Their mains were super delicious too, even their bread was one of the best I had ever eaten (especially the dark brown loaf).

The bread. The dark brown loaf was extremely tasty and fragrant.

Salmon fillet with rice. The salmon fillet was tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. I didn't know what was the white and dark brown gravy but they tasted great with the salmon and rice.

Seafood penne. It tasted great too!

Look at the choices of cake they have, and that's not the exhaustive list.

Our final selection..

Now, the not-so-enjoyable part of Vegas. The weather was quite a spoiler. It was really no doubt that Vegas is located in a desert. It's very dry throughout and it's scorching hot in the day. We could barely go without water for an hour and both of us had sore throat the next day.

But that doesn't stop us from exploring more places. Haha. We rented a car with the intention of self-driving to Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. We er.. started our journey a little bit too late and we only managed to reach Hoover Dam and missed the Grand Canyon. We felt really depressed that we couldn't make it to Grand Canyon.

Nonetheless, the road trip was amazing! It felt so great driving on a straight road through the desert with a blast of music, and stopping by at places with nice scenery to take some photos.

Along the way, we stopped at Lake Mead.

Finally, reached Hoover Dam

After Hoover Dam, we continued to drive further in, hoping that we would at least had some views of Grand Canyon before the sun set. But er.. we were too ambitious la. We u-turn back after sometime as the sky started to turn dark :(

Despite wasn't able to get to Grand Canyon, we still pampered ourselves with a good dinner at Lawry's! Hmm.. Lawry's in the USA tasted better than Singapore's, the portion was bigger and it's cheaper. Great deal!

Medium rare steak. Succulent and juicy..

Okay, that's our last day at Vegas. Next destination? LA!

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