Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Caesar's Palace, Bellagio, Palazzo, Mirage, Flamingo, MGM Grand, Harrah's, Mandalay Bay, Venetian, Paris, Wynn are some of the big-name hotels lining Las Vegas Boulevard.
Las Vegas comes alive when the sun goes down. During the day it's just too stifling hot to walk the streets unless you enjoy being roasted a dark brown. Vegas is an oasis in the scorching Nevada desert.

Some photos from my night stroll down Vegas' main street.
There are always long queues at the check-in counters whatever the time of day or night.
Las Vegas is Sin City, and proud of it. The label is on t-shirts and banners. So is the tagline: Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
In Vegas, no matter where you are heading, your path invariably leads you through rows of slot machines and gambling tables. There must be thousands upon thousands of them in this city.

Don't fancy gambling? How about some adult entertainment?
 Take your pick - Chippendales or Thunder?

This cabaret act 'Jubilee' comes on nightly at Bally's where I am staying. The most beautiful showgirls with curves to die for, and bodies barely covered with rhinestones.
Looking for free entertainment? There's plenty too along the boardwalk.
Eye candy. What would you give to be sandwiched between these lovelies?
This contortionist deserves a tip for his efforts more than Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the background who merely stand around in their costumes. I also spotted some Playboy bunnies, Marilyn Monroe, Darth Vader and Spongebob Squarepants.
This enterprising young man and his dressed-up doggie charmed quite a few ladies. The sign reads "The only Asian who plays guitar (with a dog) on the streets in US."
Snapped this shot of two city cops arresting these guys. Sin City has its fair share of crime from what I gathered in the local papers.
Some of the big names currently performing in Vegas. Also Celine Dion, David Copperfield, Barry Manilow and Garth Brooks.
Of the four Cirque du Soleil productions in Vegas, I managed to see "Mystere" and "Love - Beatles". Tickets range from USD55 to USD130 for most shows.
Plenty of shopping malls and restaurants that cater to tourists. The blue sky in the photo is actually painted on the ceiling of an underground mall to replicate a typical Parisian street scene.
Had to take a photo of these huge chocolate apples. Luckily I could resist the temptation to indulge! 
My final shot of Vegas from the airport. It's probably the only airport in the world that sits right next to a boulevard of hotels, casinos, night clubs and strip joints.

Remember Elvis in the movie 'Viva Las Vegas'?  

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