This port city – and Sri Lanka’s capital – on the western coast has a storied colonial past. Consider it a potpourri of races, religions and cultures, where the best and worst of the country rub shoulders. We’re talking gracious mansions, lush gardens, delicious dining options, mega-malls with big-name brands, vibrant street markets – and urban slums and petrol-polluted roads. Colombo may be small – it measures in at just 37.1 km² – but there’s plenty of choice when it comes to things to do. Unmissable experiences include: hopping on a tuk-tuk, visiting Pettah market, admiring Beira Lake, playing a round of golf, waking up at the Galle Face Hotel and enjoying refined high tea, served with Indian Ocean views. Before you leave, pick up colourful local fabrics and artworks for the folks back home/yourself.