Las Vegas Strip

I knew Las Vegas was going to be overwhelming, but I just didn't know it was going to be this crazy. It's both opulence and ostentatiousness, right in your face. I think these five photos I took with my phone show just how unbelievable it all is (captions underneath each photo).

The skyline of New York is recreated in the New York New York resort.

The skyline of New York is recreated in the New York New York resort.

A huge, multi-storey gold lion stands guard outside the MGM Grand.

A huge, multi-storey gold lion stands guard outside the MGM Grand.

We stayed at the Encore, which is part of the Wynn resort complex. This is the Mizumi restaurant, and it features a $1.5 million, 27-foot crystal dragon hanging off the far wall of the dining room. As you can probably guess, Mizumi serves Asian cuisine.

We stayed at the Encore, which is part of the Wynn resort complex. This is the Mizumi restaurant, and it features a $1.5 million, 27-foot crystal dragon hanging off the far wall of the dining room. As you can probably guess, Mizumi serves Asian cuisine.

This is the gambling floor at the Encore. See those chandeliers? They took two years to create in Murano, Italy, an island near Venice that's famous for its handblown glass. There are 130 of these chandeliers in total at the Encore resort.

This is the gambling floor at the Encore. See those chandeliers? They took two years to create in Murano, Italy, an island near Venice that's famous for its handblown glass. There are 130 of these chandeliers in total at the Encore resort.

This gigantic Christmas tree and accompanying holiday-themed display is located in the Palazzo. 

This gigantic Christmas tree and accompanying holiday-themed display is located in the Palazzo. 

If you're interested in more Las Vegas ostentatiousness and opulence, check out my articles on the Le Reve show, a $28 million sculpture in the Wynn and the Best Asian Food in the US.