Trishaws were originally known as 'pedal rickshaws', or pedicabs, when they were introduced to Singapore in 1914. At that time, the trishaw represented an ingenious innovation. By adding bicycles to rickshaws, operators and passengers alike enjoyed greater efficiency in terms of travelling speed. This led to a boom in the number of trishaws and, in turn, more jobs for Chinese immigrants during the 1920s.
Of course, technology never stands still and, over the years, cars and buses eventually became cheap enough to push out the humble one-man operated trishaw. The good news, however, is that trishaws are still around today, and frequently take visitors on tours through well-known areas in the city.
You can hop on board routes that take you to Little India and Chinatown, Singapore's famous ethnic districts. These trishaw tours last from 30 to 45 minutes each, and cost from $25 to $36 per person per ride, depending on the route. To ride a trishaw, it's best to head to an official kiosk, where you can make a booking with a tour operator. Please refrain from engaging the services of trishaw riders you chance upon on the side of the road.
Where to book:
Trishaw Uncle Pte Ltd
Tel: (+65) 9012 1233
Trishaw tour starts from Albert Mall Trishaw Park