“If I didn’t run my business in Singapore, I’d want to sail the seas to see the world!” Robin Loh says enthusiastically.
His core business, however, focuses on a different mode of transportation altogether: bicycles. Come again? When Robin saw a gap in the market – noticing that bike tours were not available here – he got the idea to launch Let’s Go Tour Singapore in 2016.
Originally, Let’s Go Tour Singapore was a part-time venture. Now, it takes up all of Robin’s working hours, leading cycling sight-seers with a team of licensed tour guides through small lanes and alleys to discover the real heart of Singapore. (Cool fact: its signature tour, “Singapore 1920s: Trails of Tan Ah Huat”, was named Best Tour Experience at the Singapore Tourism Awards 2019.)
Beyond its all-round bike-tour experiences, Let’s Go Tour Singapore offers cooking programmes, too, which deliver an immersive culinary adventure with visits to a traditional wet market and a local coffee shop.
The nature of Robin’s business requires him to cycle regularly. As such, the Woodlands native says he’s able to ditch his car completely, and roam the city freely thanks to his trusty folding bicycle from Brompton Bicycle. With his busy work schedule, being home to “do nothing” is his preferred mode of relaxing. Where does he find creative inspiration? “By the sea or on the sea.” It’s a good thing that Singapore is an island then!
By Sara Lyle Bow, Muneerah Bee, Melodi Ghui + Christopher Ong Ujine, The Finder Issue 300, September 2019