Surabaya is a port city on the Java Island in Indonesia is a metro city with an urbanized touch with historic Dutch colonial townside. Its mixed culture also arises from the presence of Chinatown and an Arab Quarter in the city.
As the city of Surabaya experiences heavy rainfall from September to April, due to its tropical location, the city should be visited during the dry months of June to August. Surabaya is 20km away from Juanda International Airport in Juanda.
The Heros Monument glorifies the people who died in the battle of Surabaya in 1945. The Sanggar Aguand Temple, Church of Birth of Our Lady, and are some fine historic places to visit. Mount Bromo, an active volcano can be sighted from its viewpoint. Entertainments such as Suroboyo Carnival, Ciputra Waterpark, Bonbin zoo, Suramadu Bridge, Wonojero Mangrove Park are some other tourist spots. The Cheng Hoo Mosque delights the spirit. All the places are easily accessible by taxi at a cost of 6,000-8,000IDR.
Taxis are the easiest mode to move around the city of Surabaya without getting tiredas the places are far off.A chartered cab for the whole day may cost between 2-3lakh IDR. Other local transports like cycle rickshaws and tuk-tuks are available but, less opted for, as traffic is very slow. The cost of local transport is cheap, about 3,000-5,000IDR
An AirAsia flight may cost upto 29lakhIDR from Singapore to Surabaya.
The locals speak in a Javan dialect called Suroboyoan.
Eateries like Iga Penyet, Bakso Pak Djo, Seafood Kombinasi at Keda Tau Baru at32,800IDR, Pasar Malam or buffet at Bhumi Hotel, costing 4LakhIDR per person, are some of the best restaurants serving authentic Javan dishes.
The Indonesian Rupiah or IDR is the currency of Surabaya.
Some of the best known luxury hotels in Surabaya are My Studio Hotel City Center, , Mercure, ranging from 80-82lakhIDR / 7 nights. The cheapest picks are The Square and Java Paragon ranging from 20,000-80,000IDR / 7 nights.
A visit to the Surabaya Duty Free at the Juanda International Airport is recommended.