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1. Las Vegas, Nevada.
2. For under US$15 (S$20.50) per person, we took a roundtrip Flixbus – an intercity bus service which was first launched in Germany – from Los Angeles (departing from University of California, Los Angeles and arriving at Downtown Los Angeles). The drop-off and pick-up location on the Las Vegas Strip is Caesars Palace.
3. We had our first lunch at Ocean One Bar and Grille, in Planet Hollywood. Lunch items were all priced at US$4.99 (S$6.85) each, and we had the crispy calamari, the half-pound Angus burger, and the marinated flank steak.
4. At the Paris Casino, replicas of some famous Parisian landmarks are on display, including the Arc de Triomphe (two-thirds the size of the actual one, as pictured) and the Eiffel Tower (one-half the size of the actual one).
5. Our first breakfast was at Marilyn’s Café, in the Tuscany Suites and Casinos. We shared pork chops and eggs (with scrambled eggs, hash browns, and toast) as well as country fried steak and eggs (with eggs sunny side up, hash browns, and toast). Like most of the other meals, we researched some cheaper food spots beforehand and did not overspend.
6. View of the Mirage Casino, from The Venetian and Grand Canal Shoppes. The Mirage is a sprawling complex, and we started our second day from this end of the Las Vegas Strip. The hot and dry summer weather meant that walking outdoors can be exhausting and dehydrating, though ride-share apps like Lyft and Uber are very affordable.
7. The Venetian is connected to the Grand Canal Shoppes and the Palazzo, and the most prominent indoor feature is the canal, complete with gondolas and gondoliers (though for a hefty price). The wide array of international brands and shops is complemented by elegant decor and beautiful spots for photo-taking.
8. Huge doughnuts and toffee / candied apples on display, at the Grand Canal Shoppes.
9. The interior of the Forum Shops Mall, which is connected to Caesars Palace. The architecture is characterised by Roman features, including statues, fountains, and interesting marbled seats and benches.
10. Near the aquarium of the Forum Shops Mall is the free Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show. As with most free features on the Las Vegas Strip it is not an impressive feature, though it is nice for a quick break in between stops.
11. Caesars Palace.
12. Housed in the Bellagio – a massive hotel featured in multiple films – is the world’s largest chocolate fountain. The hotel also has an indoor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, but unfortunately it was undergoing a facelift.
13. On the other side of the Las Vegas Strip is Planet Hollywood. This side of the strip also includes the Flamingo Casino (built in 1946, which now features a small lagoon and waterfall with actual flamingos) and the MGM Grand (coloured green, themed after the Emerald City in the 1939 MGM movie “The Wizard of Oz”).
14. The Las Vegas Strip.
15. Chef Gordon Ramsay has multiple dining establishments across the different hotels, and we settled for his fish and chips. The restaurant is designed for take-outs, though we managed to find a spot in the late evening (8.30pm) to share a fish and chips meal. It was good. Gordon Ramsay Fish and Chips is located within The Linq. The High Roller – the world’s biggest Ferris wheel – is the main attraction at The Linq.
16. A faux skyline of New York City – including the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty (as pictured) – marks the location of the New York New York Casino. In this area, one should also check out the huge Coca-Cola store, the M&M’s World attraction, and the Hershey’s Chocolate World attraction (which offers some free samples too).
17. We stayed at Delano, which is attached to the Mandalay Bay Resort (the site of the unfortunate concert shooting in 2017). The king suite was outstanding, and the outdoor beach area and the wave pool were great fun. From our suite we had a view of the Egyptian-themed Luxor Casino, including a replica of a giant sphinx as well as a huge black pyramid which shoots a white beacon of light into the night sky.
18. The free fountain show at the Bellagio. The free show was a little short, but excellent.
19. Downtown Las Vegas – the site of the city’s early-day development and entertainment scene – is a 20-minute car ride away. It is wonderful for a night out, but it was a little too rowdy and smoky for us. We started at the Main Street Station Casino, where urinals in the men’s bathroom are mounted to an actual section of the Berlin Wall.
20. Before our trip to Downtown Las Vegas, we had a brunch buffet at The Wicked Spoon, housed in The Cosmopolitan (which has a nice chandelier, around which there are a few chic cafés and restaurants). The brunch buffet – which we chose over the Bacchanal in Caesars Palace – had a delicious mix of meats, seafood, and international cuisine.
21. At Downtown Las Vegas, we continued our way through The Golden Gate Casino, the oldest casino in Las Vegas.
22. And finally, we ended the tour of Downtown Las Vegas – and of Las Vegas – along Fremont Street. There is a free hourly light show from 8pm onwards, but we found that to be fairly underwhelming.
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