If you want a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the great outdoors on your holiday, Surabaya is the perfect destination.
Located at the center of the northern coast of East Java Province, Surabaya is the second largest city in Indonesia, but ranked first in terms of cleanliness. With beautiful tranquil scenery, amazing food and a rich history, this city will surely give you a refreshing ambiance of Indonesia. Here are some places well worth a visit when you come to Surabaya.
Also known as the Taman Gapura Walkway, G-Walk is a lively bazaar full of food stalls, beverage outlets and cafes ready to offer the widest choice of food and delectable drink. It’s a food paradise in western Surabaya, a must-visit for any food lovers.
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If you prefer dining alfresco in a refreshing atmosphere, G-Walk is your perfect place. Here you can stay outdoors, witness a different side of Surabaya while enjoying the taste of sumptuous local specialties. Most tourists go crazy about ‘TerangBuland’ – the crispy sweet pancakes of Indonesia, and "TahuTelur” – tofu omelets (make sure you’d try these two dishes ^^). Or if you’re a big fan of Asian cuisine, this place won't let you down.
With decent food and comfy ambiance, G-Walk is very an ideal place to relax on your holiday.
Built on an area of over 5 hectares, Ciputra Waterpark’s design was inspired by the tale of Sindbad's adventures. It is named as the largest waterparks in Indonesia, the perfect place to get wet and wild.
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Prepare to have an adrenaline rush from a height of 15 meters of the Roc Tower Thunder Ride, explore the castles on the Sinbad Playground, feel the waves and splash around at Syracuse Beach, scream and slide at a speed of 70 km/h in the Racer Slide and finally, get some rest while floating freely on the 480-meter long stream of Sirens River.
Excited yet? Come and experience a whole day of cheers and laughs at Ciputra Waterpark.
KRIPasopati 410, a former Russian submarine, which served in the Indonesian Navy from 1962 to 1990, is now retired and become a walk-in monument in Surabaya.
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The submarine is 76 meters long and it takes only 10 minutes to visit it thoroughly. It is scarcely altered from the time in service, since there were Russian labels everywhere, and has an oily smell throughout like it was still being used.
The Submarine Monument is located in downtown Surabaya, and can be reached easily from the train station on foot.
House of Sampoerna
As the home of one of Indonesia’s most famous kretek cigarette factories, House of Sampoerna has become a popular atraction for tourists to Surabaya.
The building is a 19th-century Dutch structure, originally an orphanage but later converted into a theatre. The former lobby is now the museum containing exhibits on the use of cloves, the history of kretek in Indonesia, along with uniforms and drums of the Sampoerna marching band. There's also an incredible collection of cigarette lighters, holders and cases, mainly from Europe while some from Ming dynasty, as well as a vintage Heidelberg printing press.
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Going upstairs, you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the factory’s work floor, where hundreds of women hand-roll, trim and pack cigarettes at an amazing speed, with their fingers blurring in motion. The fastest rollers here can produce about 4000 cigarettes a day.
On the east side of the house, you can also find a nice cafe and an art gallery.
What an interesting city to visit, don’t you think? Come and experience another side of Indonesia, Surabaya.