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Old 03-14-2011, 03:13 PM   #41
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There is supposedly the best Thai restaurant there in the country called Lotus of Siam. Has anyone eaten there? It's a locals place to eat, and I saw some documentary that had a segment on it. Good as they say?

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Old 03-22-2011, 01:48 PM   #42
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I just happened to catch a Rachel Ray Travel Channel show this early morning, and she said the best buffet by far is where the locals eat:
Sam's Town Firelight Buffet. $6 or some cheap price. And six miles off the strip, which is ok for me as I have a car with me. I see, however, that the reviews are totally varied...hmmmmm...interesting.

Sam's Town Firelight Buffet, Las Vegas - Restaurant Reviews - TripAdvisor

Since I'm new in Phoenix, I do alot of yelp.com reviews. Those 20 and 30 year olds tell it like it is--and some are really funny--so I try and catch them before wasting money on waste-of-time places. Anyway, this fellow has several different review "types" on Thai food for those Thai food lovers here (look at the bottom of his webpage for the headings):

http://www.yelp.com/list/best-thai-in-vegas-las-vegas

Hope this helps someone here.
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:56 PM   #43
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I just happened to catch a Rachel Ray Travel Channel show this early morning, and she said the best buffet by far is where the locals eat:
Sam's Town Firelight Buffet. $6 or some cheap price. And six miles off the strip, which is ok for me as I have a car with me.

Sam's Town Firelight Buffet, Las Vegas - Restaurant Reviews - TripAdvisor

Since I'm new in Phoenix, I do alot of yelp.com reviews. Those 20 and 30 year olds tell it like it is--and some are really funny--so I try and catch them before wasting money on waste-of-time places. Anyway, this fellow has several different review "types" on Thai food for those Thai food lovers here (look at the bottom of his webpage for the headings):

Best Thai in Vegas - Las Vegas

Hope this helps someone here.
Orchidflower,

Here's a Trip Advisor link of reviews for Sam's Town Firelight Buffet. Sam's Town Firelight Buffet, Las Vegas - Restaurant Reviews - TripAdvisor

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Old 03-22-2011, 02:24 PM   #44
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Thanks, omni, for the suggestion of taking a helicopter ride. I had forgotten they have those there, and I am interested in that. For some reason, I don't feel afraid in planes...go figure?

And look at the bad reviews on yelp.com of Sam's Town Firelight Buffet...wow...bad with a cap B:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/firelight-buffet-las-vegas

Like I said, those 20-30 year olds know their stuff often.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:45 PM   #45
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Driving the strip is not scary/dangerous/difficult....I recommend to drive it after 10pm to sight see.(I do it in my 43ft motor home so I'm sure your car is fine.)

I also like to park beside the LV airport at night to watch planes land/take off with the significant other & a bottle of zinfandel (St Francis Old Vine $19 at Lee's Discount Liquor)

Red Rock is cool for cycling/jogging/hiking. (Picnic is mandatory...tables are available there)

If you play poker stay at the Venetian...incredible place for last 10 years or so...poker rate is $129/nite for rooms retailing to $399/nite....need to play 6 hours/day (I usually play at least that...free drinks are fun) sign up for their poker card & get $1/hr comps...it adds up.I use my comps at the Lux there $10-$15 or Noodles Asia $10-$20 depending how hungry you are.

If weather is nice eat a bowl of mushroom soup at Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris on their patio. Comes with fresh baked bread...$5.99 suitable for lunch or dinner....I like to linger & people watch the fascinating herd of humans roaming the sidewalks.

Shopping is expensive at Ceasar shops but dont miss seeing it. We buy our soveniers etc at the Outlet Mall... take the bus or your motor home South on LV Boulevard about 4 miles past the MGM.

There are infinite places to eat for under $12 on the strip...roam around & find them.(there's also infinite places to eat for over $100 )

Downtown Vegas is worthwhile to miss imo since there's no free parking and even though great effort has been put forth to clean it up it is still home turf to every addict/drifter/homeless. If you do go see the Golden Nugget...cool place to swim /shark tank etc that is free.

Dont phone the girls on the card the Mexicans give you on the sidewalks...if you must, consider a limo to Pahrump ... about $200 for the ride.

Get $1 beers while roaming the strip by dropping into Casino Royale...(just South of the Venetian you're staying in). Also $1 margaritas.

Late night food on the strip....food courts in every casino are very good compared to shopping malls across the country...or there's a great Panda Express/Chipolte/ etc near Casino Royale while you are picking up your $1 beers.

Check out the pavilion/junk shops on South side of Imperial Palace? might be Harrahs...usually a band playing there or if you're lucky karaoke ... trust me Vegas has talent roaming those streets.

Go play poker at the M casino about 10 miles South of the MGM on the strip...ask for the "Beer Bible"...over 80 international beers on tap complimentary while you play...I suggest starting at #1

So far that's mostly free stuff I enjoy while in town... feel free to pm me any inquiries about non frugal activities.
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You have my absolute word I won't be doing this one:

"Dont phone the girls on the card the Mexicans give you on the sidewalks...if you must, consider a limo to Pahrump ... about $200"
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There is supposedly the best Thai restaurant there in the country called Lotus of Siam. Has anyone eaten there? It's a locals place to eat, and I saw some documentary that had a segment on it. Good as they say?
I don't know if it's the country's best but I think it's very good...been there a dozen times, hard to get northern thai food in the midwest. Sea Bass with drunken noodles, papaya salad, issan sauage with sticky rice and tofu salad are some of my favorites...love how they make everything spicy. For dinner, I think the portions are kind of small for the price. Best value is the week day lunch buffet.

I love In-N-Out, can't leave town without my double double.

If you had to spurge, I would pick Rosemary's or Hugo. For buffet splurge, I love the Bellagio. I can eat a $100 worth of crab and tenderloin so it's a bargain for me

I don't gamble, I spend my money on the Cirque shows.

Around vegas, I like the calico scramble in the red rocks, black mountain hike, hoover dam, liberty bell arch hike, valley of fire state park. Farther out is mt charleston, death valley, joshua trees and zion.
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:12 PM   #48
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just got back from vegas. saw "O," my first cirque show. worth the slurge. + DW loved it. ate at lotus of siam. pretty good thai food, definitely worth the visit. another notable place we also ate at is hash house a gogo, which was pretty good. they make they're waffles with strips of bacon cooked in the middle....

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I haven't stayed at Bill's since it changed from the Barbary Coast, but it used to be one of my favorite places to stay. Totally a deal, great location, you can walk to a lot of places, but getting to your car is still easy. If you want some honest and funny hotel reviews, check out Cheapo Vegas - Your Guide to a Better Vegas Vacation
Lotus of Siam is very good, but it's gotten so popular I haven't been there in years. Make sure to call for a reservation. There's lots of good food around in lots of different price ranges.
Driving on the strip you have to be careful, cabs drive crazy, and tourists will totally stop in the middle of the road to take pictures. I seriously had someone stop in front of me to take a video of the Bellagio fountains. It also gets realllly crowded, so learn the back streets.
I'd be happy to help more if you have other questions!
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A cautionary tale for the gamblers among you. The son of close friends of ours goes to Las Vegas several times a year on a group gambling junket - this trip they were at the Bellagio. He won about $4500 at blackjack, finished at about 2 am, cashed out, got some food to take to his room. He got on the elevator along with three other people. Two of them got off at a lower floor and the third rode up with him. When he got off the elevator, he had his food in one hand and was opening his door with the other - didn't pay any attention to the guy on the elevator with him, thought the guy went the other way down thehall. Suddenly, he felt something behind his ear. The guy from the elevator had a gun to his head, ordered him into the room, ducttaped him to a chair, took his money, and of course, threatened him with the gun the entire time. After the guy left, our friend's son finally got himself free, called the hotel security, security and cops came. They didn't believe his story at first; thank goodness, he had the duct tape as proof. They finally looked at videos from the cash out area, and saw someone watching him as he cashed out. No video in the elevator or hallways. Just a warning to be careful when you're approaching your room in the casino hotels, especially if you've been a pretty big winner.
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Literally just got home this evening from Vegas....We went to The Lion King at Mandalay Bay it was incredible!!!....Stayed at The Venitian... don't know if I spelled it correctly.... Fabulous Place.... Expensive but incredible
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What does it mean under my name.... "confused about dryer sheets" ?
New on this board....don't know exactly what I'm doing.
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What does it mean under my name.... "confused about dryer sheets" ?
New on this board....don't know exactly what I'm doing.
Take a look at this...

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From my experiences Las Vegas is better experienced by having an adventure. In other words, be random. I remember one time where we got the crazing for sushi and just got a cab and asked him about a good place. We got there and they were closing up, but the waitress told us about another place. Turned out to be delicious! Had an amazing time.
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So Orchidflower, how was your trip to Las Vegas? Where did you end up staying and what fun things did you do? We are going next month for the first time and are interested in your experience, if you don't mind sharing.

My DH is not up to driving there, as originally planned, so we are planning on flying from Pitts PA to Las Vegas NV for a week and then flying from NV to San Diego CA to visit DD and her family. We are going to go DD's family to take granddaughter to Disneyland also. It is a pain, trying to figure out all of these one way plane tickets, car rental in NV, hotel reservations and transportation to and from home to airport or airport parking expenses. I am frugal, so trying to find the best deals.
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Hmmm...I'm thinkin' Orchidflower ran off with a cabana boy...
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Hmmm...I'm thinkin' Orchidflower ran off with a cabana boy...
Yep. Could be she took "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" literally.
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Yep. Could be she took "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" literally.
Mmm, hmm...could be.

I've been to Vegas many times and when I tell my friends what when on...they never believe me. ....so.....now I just juice the stories up or down. Depends on mah mood and how far I want their jaws to drop.
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Mmm, hmm...could be.
I've been to Vegas many times and when I tell my friends what when on...they never believe me. ....so.....now I just juice the stories up or down. Depends on mah mood and how far I want their jaws to drop.
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