Raffles Hotel, Beach Road, May 2015. At around $600 a night for one of its cheaper suites, this legendary Singapore landmark certainly won’t meet everyone’s budgetary requirements. Thankfully, you can still get a taste of its colonial era history with a wander around the hotel’s impressive grounds. Founded in 1887 by the Armenian Sarkie Brothers, Raffles has played host to some hallowed names, such as Charlie Chaplin, Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson. Wandering around the complex, I took in the lavish main lobby before popping my head through The Long Bar. They say the Singapore Sling was invented here back in 1915, which might go some way in explaining its $18 price tag. Next door, in the adjoining billiard room, the fussy attendant will happily tell you about an incident in 1902 when a tiger mooched in to rest under the tables, right in the middle of afternoon tea. In the end someone was called to come and shoot it. Further on, I strolled through the delightful courtyard bar and restaurant, before trying and failing to get a decent photograph of the elusive Sikh doorman. A kooky, unique Singapore experience!