A plan on the go trip to San Francisco and Las Vegas (Day 2)

Good morning San Francisco.. view from our hotel
Good morning San Francisco ..oopss, it is only 4am... one of the "perks" of time difference is we wakes up at super early to start the day... hahaha....but wait, we are catching a flight to Vagas today and no point arriving so early at the airport....so we decided to sleep back and woke up at 8am (that is more like us... haha).

We had quick breakfast in our room (muffins, instant noodle and coffee). We then showered and took the hotel complimentary shuttle van to Terminal 3 domestic departure, heading to Las Vegas!!!

We booked our flight via United Airline and because it is Star Alliances with Singapore Airline, we get complimentary one luggage per person and lounge access for Singapore Airline Gold Member.


At United Airline lounge 
Breakfast item at lounge
Yogurts selection
Pardon my sleepy face
For breakfast, we had bagel, bread and hazelnut milk latte. 

It was a very full flight so we did not get to sit together but luckily it was a short flight. Snacks and drinks were served on flight, but no in flight entertainment as it comes at additional cost. We just listened to songs and read a book....

And we arrived at Las Vegas!!!

Excited duo to step into the Sin City for the first time!
Mural at the airport...
We took an Uber to the hotel. If you booked an Uber or Lyft, wait at their RideShare pick up point. 

TIPS: We feel that Lyft is better than Uber due to the fact that it was less popular. So, when we booked a share ride, we paid less but we ended up not sharing with anyone as there are not much people using it. 

Along The Strip, there are people who is giving away promo code for LYFT Las Vegas (LV323 is the code we get, not sure if it still works now) and you get $2 off each ride up to 10 rides and it is really worth it. We took LYFT for the rest of our Vegas trip. 

The sights are amazing and I can't believed we are actually in Vegas... so many things to do and see...

Taking in the sights....

Love the blue skies but the weather is really way too hot, can go up to 41 degree Celcius in the daytime.
Dropping off one of the guy who share the cab with us at Monte Carlo hotel

We had an eventful day at the hotel that we booked. We booked Holiday Inn for our stay in Vegas and when we reached, we were told that our reservation had been cancelled. Apparently, they tried to charge our credit card but it was unsuccessful and without notifying us, they cancelled our reservation  and did not even email or sms us to inform us that our reservation is cancelled until we pop up at their reception.... seriously!!! 

They offered us a smaller room at the same price and obviously we aren't too happy about it ...

It was this McGregor vs Mayweather fight weekend (we only know when we touched down at the airport) and lots of hotel is fully booked and I can't believe this is happening now!!!

We finally found one hotel at the boulevard and decided to check into Hilton instead....It was slightly off The Strip with reasonable price. I am happy with the room and they even have complimentary laundry service. They also provide mineral water for guest from their supermarket. 

HILTON GRAND VACATIONS ON THE BOULEVARD:

Although the hotel does not provide complimentary shuttle to The Strip, we are happy to just go around with LYFT or UBER. 

Finally .... we got into a room that we just booked online. Internet really helps in this modern days...
Bathroom
Limo can be seen everywhere in Las Vegas
Time to go out to explore the city... not a minute to waste...

New Resort World hotel coming up soon...
Mirage...
We had a really late lunch due to the hotel issues earlier... only ate at 3pm, and way past our lunch time. 

Cong is so tired he doze off while waiting for food
Denny is an all american diner that serves pancakes, nachos , burger etc...

We ordered pancake, burger and hash brown(that actually looks like Rosti).
Their pancakes are fluffy and I love the hashbrown but was very big portion so we ended up very full.


A must do in Vegas....
After lunch, we explored the hotel along The Strip. There is so much to see. From the garden and fountain at The Bellagio Hotel, flamingo, duck and pelican at The Flamingo Hotel, mini Statue of Liberty, mini Empire State Building, mini Arc De Triumph, mini Fountain of Trevi and many more...


Fountain of Trevi
Eiffel Tower
Garden at Bellagio....
So pretty and it is free for everyone...
Lemon made from flowers..
All these are inside the hotel... one can only imagine how huge is the hotel...
Happy

And we saw the world largest chocolate fountain
It is huge and a must see for all chocolate lovers...
My chocolate lover...

We walked a bit and then took the complimentary sky train that connects a couple of hotel....
Sky train view..
It was really an exhausting day coupled with some surprises from hotel plus jet lag... we actually fall asleep at one of the hotel lobby while exploring The Strip. Doze off for like 30 minutes or so then wakes up to continue enjoying the city....

Still tired even though we slept for a bit, we decided to load up on some caffeine at Starbucks... the weather was so hot so we decided to be more adventurous and go beyond our usual Mocha or Cappuccino... I had flavoured iced tea while Cong had coconut milk mocha.... it is actually pretty good. Something different for our first trip to Vegas...
Hard Rock Cafe
Empire State Building
New York Statue of Liberty
Hotel...
It was getting dark and our energy is diminishing by the minute, we decided to head back to hotel for a good rest, recharged for tomorrow...

For dinner, we settled for McD nuggets ($5 for 20 pieces).

After dinner, we did some research online to book our Grand Canyon trip for the day after tomorrow and we also booked one of the Cirque du Soleil shows for tomorrow night... yes, this is indeed our plan on the go trip... and we love how spontaneous it is :)




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