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Things to do in Vegas

June 16, 2010 13 comments

If there is one place on earth where there is something for everyone, It is Las Vegas… As surprising as it may sound, there is more to Vegas than just gambling, women and booze. Of course, these are the 3 things that are synonymous with Vegas, but apart from these, Vegas does offer more.

Casinos: Not just for gambling, nearly all casinos in Vegas have a theme to them. From the inside, the slots machines in all casinos are the same. But the interiors that lead to the machines are very different in all the good ones. http://vegasclick.com/vegas/casinos.html gives a comprehensive list of all the casinos in Vegas. All except one of them double up as a hotel+casino combination. The best ones (read as the ones I covered) are… Venetian – Venetian by far has the best, the most elegant Casino on the strip. It has an artificial blue sky that emits light just like the real thing and after you get tired shopping all the best brands in the world, you can relax by taking a romantic ride in a Gondola, just like the water streets of Venice. Bellagio – This hotel has the dancing fountains that are synchronised to the sounds of music. The show is played every 30 minutes and every 15 minutes during evenings. It is a must see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP0K6H2QK7A

Caesar’s Palace – This is the hotel featured in the movie Hangover, Casino Royale, Circus Circus, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Luxor (has a pyramid shaped hotel with a beacon that shines like a diamond at the tip of the pyramid), Mandalay Bay – Has a nice disco called Rum Jungle, MGM Grand has Ka – performed by Cirque Du Soleil, Crazy Horse Paris – has topless dancing done classy where the lights act as the models clothes. Mirage, New York New York – recreates the Manhattan skyline in Vegas + has a roller coaster that whizzes you by the skyline. O’Sheas – has a leprechaun theme to the casino. Paris – has the Eiffel tower and an elevator to take you to the top. Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island – has Carols Mencia, Bill Cosby, Mystere by Cirque du Soleil, the Sirens of TI a pirate show, Khotan – the city of jade – a hotel that has hand crafted Jade and Ivory antiques. Wynn – has the Ferrari Museum… enough said! 🙂 Sahara – has a desert theme and a roller coaster called SPEED that loops 360 degrees and also goes underground – awesome. But if its rides you seek, you have to do the Stratosphere! This has a bar at the 107th floor of the hotel, an Air bar at 108th to top the lounge on 107th, But these pale when compared with the main attraction – The rides!

Insanity
At 900 Feet, it’s the highest rotating coaster in the World. Once riders ate seated, the arm extends 64 Ft suspending the riders 900 feet above the ground. Not only that, the arm then rotates and angles the riders at 45 degrees so they can have an uninterrupted view of the ground that’s so far away 🙂 A video will do more justice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqB6GYoCNo0

X-Scream – This one could not be more aptly named. It’s like a giant see-saw atop a tall 900 Ft tower with one end on the tower (where you board) and the other end outside the edge of the tower. The operator dangles you outside the edge of the tower and then drops you a little below just when you think you will be going back… Fun stuff… I sat in the 1st row 😀

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSOKHvc9Obw&feature=related

Big Shot – This one shoots you up in the air to give you a bird’s eye view of Vegas… This is how it feels…. Its supposed to be the most insane, but is didn’t do much for me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXiOgBlUR70

The Ferrari museum at the Wynn is a must see if you are a car enthusiast. You can get yourself photographed at the car showroom sitting in a Ferrari. The museum also has mementos that you can buy that include Formula 1 engine parts. I saw a piston from an engine that suffered a meltdown being sold for US$600+. Being afraid my maid will throw it out thinking its scrap, I resisted the temptation to buy it. There are also to-scale die-cast models of the F1 and other Ferrari cars for those interested in such things.

The most interesting thing I did there was a trip to the Gun Store. This has a….

Guns at the gun store
Guns at the gun store

….plethora of guns that one can choose from and shoot them at the shooting range. It’s a must have experience if you have not fired a gun before. I enjoyed it so much I fired a revolver after doing a handgun, an AK-47, a semi automatic machine gun (SMG) and a shot-gun. Each had its own delight to the gun firing experience. The revolver was ‘handy’, the AK was like butter….. max devastation with min effort. The shotgun was down n dirty with a nasty kick – total badass with enough power to rip off your shoulder if not held properly when shooting. The semi was kinda useless… Does the same job as an AK but wa at least twice as heavy… perhaps it had better long-range accuracy, but seemed useless in the range.

Margaritaville – For those who get thirsty every 30 minutes, you have to try out Margaritaville’s 15″ drinks. Its a huge glass of crushed ice and your favorite tipple that will last you a looooong time and will keep you in high spirits. Hit the location at night and you will have amazing live music and will make friends instantly at this party. We had  a reggae band that was playing such a nice foot tapping music, it got us into party mood in no time, even at 2 am in the night.

Well, this was my list – what would you like to do in Vegas?

Vegas.com/attractions will give you a comprehensive list of things to do in Vegas….

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Happy New Year 2010 !!

December 31, 2009 16 comments

Hello friends – Wish you all an early happy new year 2010…

Urs truly is super excited to kick start the new year in the Sin City – Las vegas!

The weekend mood was given a double boost upon winning 2 champagne bottles @ a charity auction in the office. Always wanted to pop open a champagne bottle, and what could be more fun than to do it in vegas!

What are your new year plans… ? And yes, what happens in vegas, stays in vegas 😉