Las Vegas by A Sutanto
Las Vegas is a city where fortunes are won and lost. It’s a place full of luxuries and celebrities, and most people think it takes a fortune to enjoy a holiday in Las Vegas. The truth is that with a little planning and advance information, Las Vegas is a city where visitors can enjoy reasonably priced accommodation, good food and a lot of inexpensive entertainment for the whole family.
Low cost flights to Las Vegas are usually found in the middle of the week. This time is less travelled and there are good deals on airfares available that won’t be there on a weekend. Also, flights that leave in the middle of the night will have cheaper tickets for the same reason. It is the less travelled time.
Most of the hotels in the middle of the action on the Strip will not have budget prices, but there are a few that have reasonable prices. The Flamingo is a family friendly hotel with reasonably priced rooms and a great pool complex. There are excellent hotels just off the Strip that have good amenities and even casinos. At the northern end of the Strip is the New Frontier and downtown, just off the Strip is the Downtowner Motel. A good motel off the beaten path will be comfortable and save a lot of money.
There are many places in Las Vegas where there is inexpensive, tasty and healthy food. There is a buffet breakfast at Miss Ashley’s buffet for around six dollars and there is a buffet at the Fiesta Rancho with a delicious lunch for about the same. For dinner, the Gold Strike offers a crab leg buffet for around ten dollars. In-N-Out servers the best burgers and fresh chips in the world and is a fast-food staple in Las Vegas. Most hotels offer their own buffets, and they will not be expensive. The buffet that is located at Circus Circus is cheap and at Main Street Station the Garden Court Buffet is also inexpensive.
Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and there is the best of the best for a high price as well as loads of free entertainment. The Midway Circus Act at Circus Circus as well as at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is free. The fountain show and aquarium are free as well as the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Garden. The pirate show at Treasure Island is free.
The roller coasters, shark reef and wax museum cost about $12 to $20 per person. There are companies that sell same-day reduced-price tickets that are half the regular price. They open around 10 in the morning every day. One is on Fremont Street, one is near the Riviera and one is at Fashion Show Mall.
For those who can’t visit Las Vegas without gambling, they should set a budget and keep to it. There is no quicker way to overspend that to gamble.
Money Saving Tips:
• Avoid ordering room service in the hotel. There are extra fees and charges.
• Avoid valet parking and the tip that is expected.
• Avoid soda and bottled water which can add up to half the meal cost. Just have ice water.
• Petrol at stations on the Strip costs much more than at stations just a few blocks east or west of the Strip
• Order wine by the bottle
• Find a pharmacy close by and avoid using the sundries shop at the hotel
Las Vegas is a great place for a holiday and it doesn’t take a fortune to have a good time. There are low cost hotels, scores of inexpensive buffets and a lot of fantastic free entertainment.