Friday, May 30, 2014

9 things to do in Las Vegas

bright lights small city
"Play, so that you may be serious."

Vegas has been a frequent haunt of late because of its proximity to Tucson. Interestingly, I now consider a 6 hour drive pretty close, ha! The recent Memorial Day long weekend was a good chance to visit Sin City again and I figured a summary of things to do in Vegas might help give you a good sneak peak of what goes on here.

1. Walk the strip.
A first time on the Strip of Sin City often finds one enthralled by the throngs of crowds crawling the streets even at 2am. In this city, night is day. Immerse yourself in a sensory overload of neon lights, sounds, unique street performances and bask in the myriad of of the different themed hotels dotted all along the strip.

Inside the Venetian

The modern Aria and Cosmopolitan

Inside The Bellagio

Beautiful chandeliers inside Paris Paris

2. Catch a Burlesque show. 
Well, what better place than Sin City to catch a classy adult show. We caught the Fantasy show at Luxor, where we treated to a bevy of Victoria Secrets-esque ladies. I personally loved all the beautiful costumes and make up that the girls wore, and thought that most parts of the show were classy with just a little risque. The only segment that I did not quite enjoy was a abrupt interception of a stand up comedian that seemed a tad too long. Tickets can be bought at HalfPriceTickets at the Fashion Show Mall for discounted prices.

3. Catch a good play.
Vegas is home to quite a few good acts, some so good you've got to book quite a bit in advance. Some worthy acts to check out -

"O" by Cirque Du Soleil at The Bellagio. 
This fast selling act often requires advanced booking. A pity we couldn't get the tickets to this much raved show!

Jersey Boys at Paris Paris.
We caught this show that spoke of the story of Frankie Valli and The 4 seasons, along with familiar evergreen tunes and references to the 50s pop art and show culture. A very enjoyable act!

4. The Fremont experience.
If you like a real look at the old Vegas, the Fremont experience is for ya. Quaint, busy, and just a little messy, this old school street covered by a transparent canvas is dotted with street artists, musicians, little shops and alfresco bars made for people watching.

5. Club your heart out.
But of course, Vegas has one of the best clubbing and party scenes. Choose from day beach clubs to night clubs, the party animal eats her heart out here. Watch happy campers throw dollar bills in glory all around the dance floor, surround yourself with beautiful people and revel in the music.

We went to XS at Encore and loved it. One of the best, the sprawling club comprised of both indoor and a large poolside area with beautiful decor and beautiful people. My only gripe was that the deejay of the night did not make a very good choice with his music that night, to the point that we actually got a bit bored. Besides that, everything was quite fabulous.

XS at Encore

6. Sin a little. 
Game a little, Drink a little and Smoke a little good cigar. Take the chance to indulge a little in Sin City. But of course, in moderation like a responsible adult.

7. Eat Good Food.
For the Asian/South-east asian cuisine deprived, Vegas has quite a few good places to satiate your cravings! We were quite pleased with the food at these places -

Lotus of Siam - 
Authentic, tasty thai cuisine. A tad pricey and expect long long queues, but quite delicious!
Try the Butter Prawns and their signature Drunken Noodles.

Soyo Korean Barstaurant-
Very yummy authentic Korean food with affordable prices, expect dishes to be spicy though!
Try their Spicy Seafood Tofu soup, Kalbi short ribs that melt in your mouth, Makgeoli and Lychee Soju.

Monta Japanese Noodle House-
This little place packs delicious bowls of slurping goodness. Small menu, small place, but big flavours and happy, friendly service. Try their miso ramen noodles!

8. Shop the Outlet Stores.
Vegas has two outlet stores, one North and one South. Coincide with a holiday sale like the Memorial Day Sale and be prepared to brave crowds! Good luck and chug some good deals back!

Cool tones to beat the summer heat

9. Indulge in a great hotel.
Experience the glamorous lifestyle that Sin City has to offer at least for a couple of nights, its part of the Vegas experience.

always a happy ending in Sin City.

of revelry and hedonistic pursuits

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