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Las Vegas : 10 Things I did in Las Vegas (without Gambling)

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1. Palazzo Hotel Las Vegas Review
2. Sundance Helicopter Tour to Grand Canyon and strip sunset view
3. MGM Grand Review
4. Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas
5. Twist by Pierre Gagnier
6. Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
7. Fremont Street
8. Las Vegas Strip

 

 

1. Stay at Palazzo Hotel, Las egas

 

The first 3 nights we were staying at Palazzo Las Vegas  (appx $216 USD per night).

It is a very comfortable hotel located near all the shopping and restaurants. Location is perfect, and the sleep quality is very good thanks for the good quality bed linen and bed.

Palazzo is currently ranked within top 10 hotel in Las Vegas according to TripAdvisor.

Palazzo room is very comfortable. Good bed linen and pillows, automatic blind.
Palazzo room is very comfortable. Good bed linen and pillows, automatic blind.
Palazzo Las Vegas - toilet
Palazzo Las Vegas – toilet
Palazzo Las Vegas - Good size bathroom with separate vanity table! Love it as I can blow my hair and make up sitting on the chair.
Palazzo Las Vegas – Good size bathroom with separate vanity table! Love it as I can blow my hair and make up sitting on the chair.
Palazzo Las Vegas - shower is spacious, but the water pressure is not very strong.
Palazzo Las Vegas – shower is spacious, but the water pressure is not very strong.
Palazzo Las Vegas - View from room - venetian
Palazzo Las Vegas – View from room – venetian
Palazzo Las Vegas - Lounge area
Palazzo Las Vegas – Lounge area
Palazzo Las Vegas - Very comfortable bed with good quality bed linen.
Palazzo Las Vegas – Very comfortable bed with good quality bed linen.
Street view outside of Palazzo
Street view outside of Palazzo
Las Vegas street view of Venetian and Palazzo
Las Vegas street view of Venetian and Palazzo
Las Vegas Street View - outside Venetian Hotel
Las Vegas Street View – outside Venetian Hotel

2. Take a helicopter to Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam, Sunset helicopter trip back to Las Vegas Strip.

 

After much research we decided to go with Sundance Helicopter as they includes Grand Canyon, hoover Dam and the sunset helicopter ride flying across Las Vegas Strip. Plus they provide limousine pick up and drop off to and from hotel. (appx 460 USD per person)

 

Helicopter Ride to Grand Canyon $460 USD Per Person.
Helicopter Ride to Grand Canyon $460 USD Per Person.
Prior to take off
Prior to take off
View from the helicopter
View from the helicopter
View from the helicopter
View from the helicopter
View from the helicopter
View from the helicopter
View from the helicopter
View from the helicopter
Hoover Dam - on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona
Hoover Dam – on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona
colorado river
colorado river
View from the helicopter
View from the helicopter
View from the helicopter
View from the helicopter
View from the helicopter
View from the helicopter
Lake Med
Lake Med

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Flying towards Grand Canyon
Flying towards Grand Canyon
That Cliff
That Cliff
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
Landing at one of the valley
Landing at one of the valley
Evening at Grand Canyon - if you arrive in the morning it will show golden
Evening at Grand Canyon

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downtown las vegas
downtown las vegas
sunset and downtown las vegas
sunset and downtown las vegas
after the helicopter, limousine pick up back to the hotel
after the helicopter, limousine pick up back to the hotel
inside of limousine
inside of limousine
Flying towards sunset at the dessert
Flying towards sunset at the dessert

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3. Stay at MGM Grand, Las Vegas

 

MGM is located at another end of the strip, opposite Hooters and New York New York. I find there’s more good restaurants near Palazzo then here. However MGM Grand is good for the younger crowds as there are good pool party at Wet Republic and Hakkasan Night Club, which many famous DJ such as Calvin Harris, Tiesto etc plays here. And if you are MGM Grand Hotel guest, you get to enter the club for free on certain nights.

 

 

MGM Grand - Strip view from hotel room
MGM Grand – Strip view from hotel room
MGM Grand Room - very basic
MGM Grand Room – very basic
view of the strip
view of the strip
Strip View
Strip View
MGM Grand Bathroom - renovated, new and clean
MGM Grand Bathroom – renovated, new and clean
MGM Grand - good shower pressure
MGM Grand – good shower pressure

 

4. Drinking German Beer at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

Hofbräuhaus is a popular Bavarian beer hall in Germany that serves traditional Bavarian food like pork knuckles, bratwurst etc and of course, the beer! Hofbräuhaus is a must visit every time I flew to Munich. So when I find out that there’s a Hofbräuhaus in the desert Las Vegas, I NEED to Go there. So we took a uber from MGM Grand to HB house took us only about 5 minutes. Check out my pictures below.

Beer is as good as in Germany
Beer is as good as in Germany

HB House las vegas

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas - What a hidden gem!
Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas – What a hidden gem!
HB Las Vegas
HB Las Vegas
HB house - a traditional German beer house
HB house – a traditional German beer house
It's pretty similar to the one in Munich, just slightly smaller and quieter.
It’s pretty similar to the one in Munich, just slightly smaller and quieter.
Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas - 4 min taxi ride from MGM Grand
Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas – 4 min taxi ride from MGM Grand

 

 

 

5. Fine Dining at Michelin-starred chef restaurant – Twist by Pierre Gagnier @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

There are plenty of Michelin-starred restaurant in Las Vegas like Joel Robuchon, Picasso etc. Twist is a modern child of Pierre Gagnier that take French cuisine with a twist. The restaurant located at the top floor of the prestige Mandarin Oriental Hotel, with the million dollar view of the strip. One of the restaurant with the best view in the world.

 

Twist by Pierre Gagnier - who has garnered three Michelin stars for his eponymous restaurant in Paris.
Twist by Pierre Gagnier – who has garnered three Michelin stars for his eponymous restaurant in Paris.
Twist - Menu
Twist – Menu
Twist by Pierre Gagnier
Twist by Pierre Gagnier
Fine Dining with the million dollars view
Fine Dining with the million dollars view
Night view of Strip
Night view of Strip

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6. Drinking Cocktail at Mandarin Bar @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Las Vegas

I’m not a big cocktail fan normally because most of the time i’d rather play safe by drinking wine or liquor. Mandarin Bar changed my perception of cocktail completely. Cocktails here are well-mixed with good balance of flavours. Plus the view of the strip, it’s the perfect bar for me.

 

Mandarin Bar @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel Las Vegas
Mandarin Bar @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel Las Vegas
Very very good cocktails. Highly recommended
Very very good cocktails. Highly recommended
Great View at Mandarin Bar
Great View at Mandarin Bar, Las Vegas

 

7. Explore the old Las Vegas at Fremont Street

This time we also checked out the old town of Las Vegas, some people refer it as the original Las Vegas, downtown Las Vegas – Fremont Street. Its nostalgic settings distinguished itself from the modern Las Vegas Strip. It has even more neon lights, wedding chapels along the streets, and of course the famous slot machine-inspired zipline that is 12-story high that let you glide through the light show on the underside of the canopy — the world’s largest and most spectacular light show.

Taking a cab to Downtown Las Vegas
Taking a cab to Downtown Las Vegas
Shows and Casinos everywhere
Shows and Casinos everywhere
Fremont Street - Downtown Las Vegas
Fremont Street – Downtown Las Vegas

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Heart Attack Grill - you get to eat here free if you are super over-weight.
Heart Attack Grill – you get to eat here free if you are super over-weight.

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Cowboy Vegas Vic, earned the street the nickname of Glitter Gulch.
Cowboy Vegas Vic, earned the street the nickname of Glitter Gulch.

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Fremont street with the impressive long LED Roof LED
Fremont street with the impressive long LED Roof LED
The Golden Nugget was originally built in 1946, making it one of the oldest casinos in the city.
The Golden Nugget was originally built in 1946, making it one of the oldest casinos in the city.

fremont street

 slot machine-inspired zipline that is 12-story high that let you glide through the light show on the underside of the canopy
slot machine-inspired zipline that is 12-story high that let you glide through the light show on the underside of the canopy
the world's largest and most spectacular light show.
the world’s largest and most spectacular light show.

 

8. Watch a concert by Mariah Carey @ Ceasar Palace

There are many shows and concerts in Vegas. Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey were holding their concerts during this time. Mariah’s concert is on my bucket list. So. It’s worth it!

 

Watch Mariah Carey's Concert!! hoo hoo!
Cheapest ticket from $87.16 ++ onwards

9. Shopping at Las Vegas Premium Outlet North

If you don’t mind slightly off-season items, or thinking to pay less to get more, might as well spend half a day at the premium outlet to get some stuffs. I normally go for Kate Spade, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Fossil and Ralph Lauren. It’s definitely much cheaper than outside. I don’t see why not.

 

10. Walk through the Strip from North to South

Walking down the Strip you can find all the main casinos and shops. Along the strip there are bars, restaurants, shopping, hotels, casinos, water fountains etc. It gets pretty hot during the summer day. However after sunset when the lights comes on, the street came even alive.

 

Crystals - high end shopping mall
Crystals – high end shopping mall
Strip at Night
Strip at Night

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Water Fountain show
Water Fountain show in front of Venetian
Strip day view
Strip day view
New York New York
New York New York at Las Vegas
Pool Party at MGM Grand
Pool Party at MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Wedding in Vegas
Wedding in Vegas
Hershey world at New York New York
Taking a selfie at Hershey world
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David – by Michelangelo

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This is my second time in Las Vegas and we had just as much fun without gambling in casinos.

 

What did you do when you visit Las Vegas ?

 

Las Vegas : 10 Things I did in Las Vegas (without Gambling)
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