Tam Nguyen Photography

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My First Trip to Las Vegas

Posted on January 23, 2011 in Personal, Photography

My First Trip to Las Vegas

It’s been about 10 days since I last posted an entry, and I apologize for that. If you follow me on Flickr, you may have already known that I recently took a trip to Las Vegas, FIRST TIME!. The trip was awesome; overall, I have little to nothing to complain about.

Well, maybe a few things to complain about. First, we got to the airport a little late, and we almost missed our flight. Luckily, one of my friends was able to get us to cut the line and get passed the TSAs in a short amount of time. Moreover, the flight was delayed a bit, so we actually ended up waiting at the airport to board.

By the time we got to Vegas, we were tired from a long day of work, and hungry because we saved our stomach for the food, and were broke because we didn’t cash out any money before we left. To make things better (or worse), the hotel we checked in gave us the furthest possible room from the elevator. It was quite a walk for us just to get to our room. The walk was so far, I could see myself passing out in the hallway after a long night. We decided go back downstairs to change our room. When everything was situated, it was too late for us to party or do anything else major. We agreed on just grabbing some food, playing some hold ’em, and then resting and preparing for the next day.

That didn’t work out too well. I ended up playing poker from 2:30am to 6:30am. It was funny how everyone said “Good morning” when I was walking back to the hotel in the morning. So much for resting.

We woke up at noon and thought it was time to hit the buffet at the Bellagio. I brought my camera with me to take a few photos. Boy was the security there strict! I busted out my camera right in the middle of the casino, extended my tripod, set it up, and this one employee came up and told me I couldn’t take pictures there. When I asked how come other people can take photos there but I can’t, the security guy said, “Well, other people don’t have a professional camera.” (?). What the hell, that’s discriminating against pro photogs man. Fine, I see how it is. I pretended to wrap it up, walked away, but at the same time, leaving my camera on the tripod and change it to the correct settings. When he went away, I managed to shoot this:

Las Vegas Trip

Here comes the interesting part: the guy came back with another personnel (for more enforcement?) and told me if I continued to take pictures, they’d have to have security escort me out the casino. Oh well, I’d already had what I wanted, so I told them I wouldn’t do it again. Guess what he said, “You can’t take any pictures here, but you can take pictures of the Chinese New Year down the hall.” What, I call that racist. Just because I look Asian, doesn’t mean I have to take pictures of the Chinese New Year decoration, no offense. But you know what, since you’ve brought it up, I’ll go check it out. Here:

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Food. Lunch buffet at the Bellagio was awesome. There was free wine, along with fresh cooked omelet from the chef, egg, bacon, ham, salmon and swordfish, shrimp cocktail, kabob, and awesome dessert. Did I mention there was wine? I had a little too much wine and got a bit tipsy by the time we got to the dessert. So much so that I was lost in the buffet, didn’t know where we were sitting 🙂

Later in the afternoon, my friends went to watch a football game in the Sports Center inside Caesars Palace. As a number one sports fan like I am, I opted for taking a photowalk, which turned out to be quite successful. Here are a few pictures:

Caesars Palace ceiling:

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Bellagio dancing water show, before:

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Bellagio dancing water show, after:

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During the next few days, there were a lot of “What happens in Vegas” events that I couldn’t tell you about. Although, on our last day in Vegas, I managed to take another photowalk and get some cool pictures:

Inside Paris/Bally’s

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Paris hotel was a lot nicer when it comes to taking pictures; I had no problem taking this long-exposed picture:

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Forum Shops – the lighting changes its colors, but I was only able to grab one with white/yellow:

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We’re half a block from where this spot is. In case you don’t know, Harrah’s is the number one sponsor for WSOP!!!

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You can check out the rest of the photos for this trip here.


  1. Cathy January 24, 2011

    Beautiful photos, thumb!!! Lol about the Chinese decor comments! Did you take any pics from the club?? Did you guys take advantage of the buffet deal? I think for around $40, you get to eat at different buffets for 24 hours…we did that last year..was a great deal!

    • Tam Nguyen January 24, 2011

      Hah thanks Cathy. We didn’t get the “the buffets of buffet” thing, but the buffet at the new place, Cosmopolitan, was so bomb.

      I still can’t believe the guy actually told me to take pictures of the Chinese New Year decoration!

  2. Michael Cabuco January 24, 2011

    Woot! Love the photos tam, great stuff especially that shot at the bellagio! sucks that security was giving you a hard time.

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