The complex features massive structures resembling world famous Landmarks. There is one building constructed to look like the roman aqueducts that is actually a shopping center. Another structure molded to represent a volcano is in fact an amusement center with a huge laser tag arena inside, which I never got to play in. This Roman Amphitheatre features the occasional concert.
Beyond the large structures there is a sort of cityscape where each block of this long street is designed to reflect the ambiance of a famous city. The edifice of these buildings is New Orleanais, Dutch, Italian, French, etc… And as cheesy as this may sound, the designers have actually done a pretty cool job of realizing their vision. It is extremely soothing to walk through the area and the take in the atmosphere while shopping for gifts or bar hopping.
Unfortunately the trend does not seem to have really kicked off yet so there were only a few tourists lingering around. There were also still quite a few store spaces open for rent, but the ones already opened are all top notch. I noticed this LUSH soap store that I had to stop and take a picture of for Shan. She is a real fan of their products. I would have bought a bar of soap but the store was closed at the time.
Of the few restaurants and cafes we walked past on this strip this particularly lazy and rainy afternoon, we decided to stop at a little Thai place right on the water’s edge called Talay Thai. The service was superb, the food excellent, and the deal they had on booze was insane. US$50 for 2 full bottles of any standard spirit, including Chivas and Jack Daniels. As you can imagine we planted our asses there for a good 4 hours. And we even made it back again with the entire group in tow for a grade A meal.
Booze is sooo titillating…