Alright today’s Tune in Tuesday will not be music, however, it is going to be about travel. I’ll try my best to impersonate Mallory, since she is the one always writing awesome travel posts! But this week, I have finally done something interesting.. (a little background – I live in retired community where the retirement center is literally 2 blocks away from my house).. I went to Vegas for my best friend’s birthday! I had one of the best times of my life, and unfortunately Mallory couldn’t make it but I did always think of her there. The last time I went I just remembered Mallory and I playing black jack and seeing her win and be happy made me happy. However, I did win $20 so that goes out for her :)..We did have a strict schedule though, we wanted to do a lot of things because we only had 3 days there. So on Friday we drove up to Vegas and it took forever but we ramped up the radio and rolled in pretty hyped. THEN we got to our hotel at the Mandalay Bay. The Hotel was soooooooo GOLD!!! There were 9 people and the room had 2 beds. Luckily I was able to sleep on the couch, also I used a bathrobe as a blanket..hehe. Also everyone fell asleep and took a nap because we were all tired from the drive. Once we woke up we decided to GAMBLE! The boys and I went to bet on the Lakers to win and then we played Blackjack. Later that night, everybody wanted to go clubbing, but when we found out that guys couldn’t get in for free, well what did the guys do? Blackjack and watching sports! We roamed around Luxor to Excalibur..and my friends saw FLAVOR FLAV! I didn’t get to see him and I was really sad but its ok.
We came back and we crashed. But we had to wake up early the next day so we can go to the renowned buffet called Bacchanal! We woke up at 10 and we had to take the tram to Caesars Palace, and boy it was a walk. It was hot but it was really cool seeing all the interesting people on the strip. We saw a man dressed up as cupid, and also the awesome sights of Bellagio and the Eiffel Tower. I wasn’t able to take pictures of it since most of the pictures I was able to get was food. Once we got to the Bacchanal we waited like 20 minutes, and then they took a picture of our party before we went in. I wish I was able to take pictures of the inside but having no camera and relying on my friend I only have pictures of food. But to describe it, it was very oaky and modern. There, we grubbed and I had a lot of crab and sausages!!! as well as gelato!!! After that we roamed around the strip looking at more sights but I just wanted to get back to the hotel because my feet were killing me. We then watched my friend play craps and roulette! Craps is probably the most confusing game I have ever seen. So many buttons, numbers, and the concept of what to get on your roll, no idea. Later that night, my friend was able to found another club that let guys in. It was called Hakasa, and here there were two rooms one which had purely house music, and the other one was a hip-hop room. We went to the hip-hop room and it was so much fun. I was able to see my friends dance and I was able to dance too. I am incredibly bad at dancing but it was fun.
Sunday, Vegas was coming to an end, so we ended it at an all you can eat sushi place. The place was called Sushi Mon like Pokemon! Haha! We had things from quail shots to eel and it was delicious. We then went on the road as we drove we played a game to help pass the time. We listed as much vegetables as we could name and we knew a lot. haha. We came back to Irvine and had Chinese food at Sam Wu. It was an incredible day and I felt really happy to be able to spend my last few months with my friends. Last few months??? Until my next post I will surprise you guys!
Sooooo Las Vegas is super fun. The end.
No, but seriously, this was probably one of my favorite trips I’ve taken so far and I’ve been to Vegas plenty of times. The only difference was, this time, my parents weren’t there. Cue going crazy! PAAAAARRRRRTTYYYYTY!!!! Okay, not really. I’m not a party crazy person, but having more freedom to do whatever I want plus the fact that I’m of age to gamble, made for a fun trip!
I had the idea to make a post of all the non-crazy things you could do in Vegas, since not everyone is into clubbing, gambling, going to bars, and other things you can think of when you think of Vegas. This will be an ongoing post since I do plan to return some time soon!
We stayed at Excalibur, which isn’t the fanciest hotel in LV, but since we’re poor college grads, it fit our budget. We paid about $30 a night for a room. Super cheap! We booked our rooms through lasvegas.com. There are a lot of great deals on there, so check it out if you’re thinking about booking a room in Vegas.
Since apparently we look like babies, we got these wristbands so we didn’t have to pull out our IDs every time we moved tables. If you look really young, consider getting these wristbands if you want to avoid the hassle of pulling out your ID everywhere in the casino. You can get these wristbands at the security booths at any hotel.
Visit the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Lots of fish and sharks. If you take your time in each exhibit, it’ll take you about 45 minutes to go through the aquarium. They also have a touch pool where you can touch sting rays (sting rays are slimy). It’s a nice break from all the hectic craziness.
Shopping! Las Vegas has TONS of places to shop. I mean tons. They have everything from Forever 21 to Gucci, so you’ll definitely find a place for you. On this trip, we went to the Mandalay Place, City Center at Aria, and the Forum Shops at Caesar’s. Mandalay Place is a smaller strip of more affordable shops and the City Center and Forum holds many designer stores.
You can also visit M&M World and Coca Cola world and many other fun stores. These two stores are in the the heart of the strip, near Planet Hollywood.
Eat. One of the best things about coming to Vegas is all the food. There are so many great restaurants and not to mention, so many buffets! If you’re a buffet fanatic, then you’ve come to the right place. Check out this article by USA Today for the Five Best Buffets in LV. We ate lunch at Le Village Buffet at Paris. This French style buffet was really good, everyone enjoyed their food.
One night, our friends wanted Japanese food and we traveled about 15 minutes outside of the strip to eat at Sushi Mon. It’s an all you can eat sushi restaurant. For about $26, you can have all the sushi you want. Here they have different types of sashimi and rolls, so you won’t be eating the same type of rolls every time you order something. If you don’t like sushi (like me), they have other choices you can choose from. The bento box was around $10 for a ton of food. Mark and our friends really enjoyed their sushi, saying it was really fresh. If you want to branch out from the strip, start at Sushi Mon or use Yelp to find other great restaurants in the area. I would like to find other great eats outside the strip because I’m sure there are some cheaper, but great food out there.
There are a ton of things to do in LV and so many hotels and shops to visit that it’s impossible to visit them all in one trip. One thing we wanted to do, but didn’t have the time, was to see a show. There are a ton of shows every week, so there are so many options for shows! The last time I went to Vegas, I saw Phantom of the Opera and it was really good. I was so happy that I had the chance to see it before it closed. This trip, Mark and I wanted to see Jabbawockeez, but they weren’t performing the days we were there. Next time!
It’s not recommended to spend a long time in Vegas since you’ll probably spend (lose) a ton of money. Three nights was plenty of time for us, even though we wanted to stay longer. Be sure you budget a certain amount of money each day or for each activity you will do (ie. $100/day for gambling, $100/day for food, etc). You’ll be so tempted to spend more, but you have to resist! You should also go to Vegas with the mentality that you will lose/spend money because there’s no way around spending money. But! It’s totally worth it.