Tourists don't just see Singapore, they experience it

Tourism Board helps boost profile of firms that offer visitors unique flavour of the island

Explore Singapore's heritage sites with a touch of nostalgia in the world's first vintage Vespa sidecar tour service.
Scottish tourist Laura McAlpine and her husband setting off from Haji Lane for a unique tour in the sidecars of vintage Vespas. The tour, run by Singapore Sidecars, takes tourists off the beaten track around Singapore.
Scottish tourist Laura McAlpine and her husband setting off from Haji Lane for a unique tour in the sidecars of vintage Vespas. The tour, run by Singapore Sidecars, takes tourists off the beaten track around Singapore.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Scottish tourist Laura McAlpine was snapping photos of three vintage Vespas parked against the brilliantly painted walls lining Haji Lane when a man came up to her and asked: "Would you like a ride in these Vespas for free?"

Mrs McAlpine, 51, looked at the founder of Singapore Sidecars, Mr Simon Wong, in slight disbelief at first. But after some persuasion, she and her husband climbed into two sidecars, strapped in and zoomed off with huge smiles.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline 'Tourists don't just see S'pore, they experience it'. Subscribe