This was my first trip to the United States of America and the first city I went to was Las Vegas, Nevada. I was there for a conference so I didn't actually have much time to spare for leisure activities except for 1 full day before the start of the conference and some nights during the week. For Singaporeans, if you are traveling for less than 90 days, you don't have to apply for VISA, as our passport is one of the best in the world. Instead, we need to apply for ESTA at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ with an application fee of USD 14, which I got approved within 20 minutes.
11 Oct 2014, Singapore
As I'd be flying alone to the US, I was very nervous and paranoid even one week before this trip commenced. Nervous - transit, afraid that I'll miss my connecting flight; paranoid - Ebola, even though there's no case in Las Vegas. Similar to how I felt when I went to Taiwan alone last year, I couldn't sleep all night.
I booked my flight on United Airlines two weeks prior to departure. I arrived at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 at about 4am on 11 Oct, Saturday, for my flight departing at 6am to Narita, Tokyo. I'll be flying to Las Vegas via Narita (Tokyo) and Los Angeles. I need to take 3 flights with 2 transit points before I could get to Las Vegas, in nearly 24 hours. =(
United Airlines have a self check-in counter at the airport. The process was pretty simple and you could even change your seat at the counter yourself. All 3 boarding passes were issued at the counter and after receiving them, I proceeded to drop off my baggage at 'Baggage Drop-Off' counter with an United Airlines personnel. I do not need to collect my checked-in baggage at Narita but I have to collect it at my first point of entry into USA which would be Los Angeles for this trip.
SIN-NRT (Singapore - Narita)
|1st leg: Singapore to Narita|
|Boeing 777-200, UA804 SIN-NRT|
|Thanks for the safe landing at Narita airport and hey look! There's a Kitty plane behind.|
|Eva Air's Hello Kitty Plane|
|Walked passed McDonald's which I had my first Pork Burger back in 2012|
|They got this pumpkin mcflurry thingie!|
Address: 1 Furugome, Narita International Airport, Terminal 1, Narita, Chiba Prefecture 282-0004, Japan
Address (Japanese): 〒282-0004 千葉県成田市 古込1-1 成田国際空港第1ターミナル 第3サテライト
Contact: +81 476-32-1777
Operating Hours: 8.30am - 9.00pm
|You can choose to sit at the table next to the chefs to watch them prepare the sushi or next to the window to watch the planes!|
|SGD 20 for 8 pieces of sushi and it's SO WORTH IT|
|I sat by the window to watch the planes|
|What I ordered; if you can understand nihongo~|
|Payment at the counter|
Next leg, Japan to L.A.! Finally I'm on board the magnificent Boeing 787 Dreamliner! The aircraft was so nice and new! It was a very comfortable ride albeit a long journey. On this flight, I witnessed many DIFFERENT colours of the sky ranging from orange to blue to PURPLE!! I swear it was the MOST GORGEOUS PURPLE SKY I'VE EVER SEEN. My camera just ain't good enough to capture that glory. Of course, a picture can never match up to the real scene.
|Power socket available underneath in between seats|
|More than half-way there|
|Here's the purple sky - TOTALLY DIFFERENT from what I saw which was darker and prettier =(|
|Amazing blue, again this pic is NOT representative at all|
|Breakfast? I mixed up my time zone by now|
|Love this tomato juice|
|Matcha Latte to perk me up after 2 long flights|
Ohhhh last leg!!! Enroute to Las Vegas!!
|Yea, slots machine in the airport. Seems legit.|
|Took a train to claim my baggage|
There are 2 ways to get to the city from LAS McCarran International Airport. First is by the most convenient way, taxi. A cab would cost about USD 20-30, depending on where you stay. And in this country, you have to give about 20% tips. As I wasn't sure if I could claim the taxi fare, I took the alternative way, a shuttle bus which cost me USD 9.50. There are many booths with different airport shuttles with comparable pricing. You just got to tell them where you are going and they'll assign you to a shuttle bus.
If you are rushing, I'll urge you to take a cab (15-20min) as the shuttle bus ride was 40min (excluding 15min waiting time). Why? 'Cause there were different groups of tourists on the bus going to different hotels and my hotel wasn't located on the Strip. However, it gave me a good city tour of Las Vegas. =) *always look on the bright side of life*
"City Tour" begins:
Palms Casino Resort
Address: 4321 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103
After a 25 hour journey from Singapore to Las Vegas, I finally reached my destination on the same day, 11 October, nearly 4pm (12 Oct, 7am SG time).
|Excited while the shuttle was making it's turn into the resort|
|The place where I gonna spent 6 nights of rest|
I took a shower and napped till 9pm as I was too tired from the more-than-a-day journey! I actually missed the dinner with my new colleagues who were meeting at 6pm. =/ Nevertheless, I was hungry and my natural instinct pulled me to the eatery at the ground floor of the hotel.
|Night view from my hotel room|
|A small portion of the Strip viewable from my window|
|Casino at the lobby|
|The Eatery with different stalls|
I spotted Earl of Sandwich and decided to give it a try as I have read online that they sell good sandwiches.
|A sandwich from Earl of Sandwich and a Hot Chocolate from The Coffee Bean|
|The Original 1762|
|Roast Beef Sandwich|
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- Apr 2016 Part 2 Arizona Road Trip
- Apr 2016 Part 3 Arizona Road Trip
- Apr 2016 Part 4 Arizona Road Trip
- Apr 2015 Part 1 Singapore - Tokyo - Seattle
- Apr 2015 Part 2 Seattle, Washington
- Apr 2015 Part 3 Seattle, Washington
- Apr 2015, Part 4 Fairbanks, Alaska - City of Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
- Apr 2015, Part 5 Anchorage, Alaska