I visited Indonesia last year and like many was super excited to get to Bali, relax on the beach, party in the clubs with the masses and visit some of the amazing temples there. I was equally excited to go to Jakarta, a city that I’d heard so much about and to be totally honest, whilst I enjoyed Bali, Jakarta was a little too chaotic for my liking. Anyway, as I had 3 weeks in Indonesia I decided to travel around a bit, I stayed in a city called Surabaya and if you haven’t been before then I recommend you go. I found an easy online hotels booking site and stayed in a place called the garden palace hotel surabaya, it was just as impressive as the city itself. I thought I’d give you some hints and tips for what to do and where to go if you take my advice and head to Surabaya.
This huge monument is dedicated to all of this who died during the battle of Surabaya in 1945, it is a huge pillar with that looks something like an upturned nail. The monument is ornately designed and serves as the symbol of the city.
Ciputra is Surabaya’s waterpark, a fun and different day out. The waterpark is the largest in all of Southeast Asia and offers more than 40 rides, slides and attractions. The park features wave pools, lazy rivers and huge jacuzzi’s as well giving you the perfect opportunity to let the child inside you play.
House of Sampoerna
In my opinion, the city’s best attraction, House of Sampoerna is a museum that features live exhibits about the tobacco industry that has dominated Indonesian exports for years, the building was also once a Dutch orphanage during their colonial rule and the museum is well presented with 3 floors of exhibits. A thoroughly entertaining and educational attraction.
Bonbin is Surubaya’s zoo, it is spread across 15 hectares of land and features over 3,000 animals, the zoo is working hard to repair a damaged reputation from poor treatment of animals as a result of a petition in the late 90’s. The zoo houses komodo dragons and Sumatran tigers amongst a whole host of other dangerous and endangered species.
Just outside of Surabaya is the huge Mount Bromo volcano, it is an active volcano surrounded by a sprawling national park. A day trip to the volcano is a must, you will spend the day hiking around the national park, scaling some of the volcano and enjoying this beautiful corner of the World. You will need to pencil in an entire day for this trip as once you include travel time and time in the park you’ll have little time for much else.
So there you have it, just a few fantastic attractions where you can spend your time in this great city, I never read much about Surabaya so I want to offer my thoughts on what is one of Indonesians up-and-coming cities.