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LMei
05-08-2009, 03:08 PM
Has anyone travelled there before? Any tips? Hubby and I will be going there to attend a wedding. I found this link (http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/418def/) that says we must pay RP150,000 before leaving the country. Is that true?

kuma
05-08-2009, 03:32 PM
Has anyone travelled there before? Any tips? Hubby and I will be going there to attend a wedding. I found this link (http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/418def/) that says we must pay RP150,000 before leaving the country. Is that true?

That's Airport Tax....not included in your ticket in Indonesia.

Sentinel
05-08-2009, 04:10 PM
Enjoy Surabaya LMei... its a beautiful place. If you golf, bring your golf set and experience playing in a golf course between padi fields...

You can pay your 150K Rupiah airport tax at the hotel check-out and get a receipt from them, if you do not want to carry a few million rupiahs with you... just add 3% more to the hotel. You need to show the receipt when you check in at the airport...

LMei
05-08-2009, 05:12 PM
Any sightseeing places to recommend? If we have time, would like to look around.

Sentinel
06-08-2009, 02:25 PM
Do visit the wet market early in the morning, huge! Like the one at Kota Kinabalu which are mostly run by Filipinos... Surabaya wet market is a sight... just walk thru is a lifetime experience.

chewie
06-08-2009, 02:51 PM
if not mistaken, you want to buy something from the shop, you have to be the first customer, then they will even sell it to you at cost price...but only for the first customer... :P

jand
06-08-2009, 06:57 PM
Is this the one where money from the day's first sale is used to 'bless' their merchandise for good luck? Heard of this but can't quite recall which region does that..

VeeJay
06-08-2009, 08:38 PM
Jand, that is quiet a customary in Bali. Not sure about other places.

Vince
06-08-2009, 08:59 PM
it's not a tourist town so nothing much to expect, I too went there for a wedding, just becareful when you cross the streets, it's just too busy, you need to carry a stop sign hanging on at the side of the street, after crossing remember to hang it on the other side of the street. lol Have fun

robertec
07-08-2009, 11:06 AM
Vince got it right.

In all the years I have visited Surabaya, I have never taken in any tourist sites.

There are many factories in Surabaya and it is home to one of the biggest group in Indonesia, Maspion.
Maspion has factories making plastics, cookware, cutlery, Ceiling fans, aircons, fridges etc etc...

So your best bet is to visit the shopping centres and see if you can get some bargains direct from the factory.

Be prepared for the endless traffic jams, it is getting from bad to worse.
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jand
08-08-2009, 09:17 AM
Jand, that is quiet a customary in Bali. Not sure about other places.

Ahh! So that's where it was :)
Thanks for the info.

LMei
13-08-2009, 02:28 PM
Oh one more thing. Does the check-in time for AirAsia's international flights also closes 45 minutes before departure? Should I be there 2 hours early?

Sentinel
13-08-2009, 02:36 PM
Oh one more thing. Does the check-in time for AirAsia's international flights also closes 45 minutes before departure? Should I be there 2 hours early?I am sure it is in their website and your ticket prinout? Aiyoh, next thing you ask us is what to pack for your trip...

LMei
13-08-2009, 02:39 PM
I am sure it is in their website and your ticket prinout? Aiyoh, next thing you ask us is what to pack for your trip...
:D Website says 45 minutes. But some ppl say I should be there 2 hours early. Though I would prefer not to cos I have to send my son to the babysitter's house first. So just wanna check here first...

Sentinel
13-08-2009, 02:42 PM
:D Website says 45 minutes. But some ppl say I should be there 2 hours early. Though I would prefer not to cos I have to send my son to the babysitter's house first. So just wanna check here first...Don't be uptight okay, I was just kiddin' you...

Travel light, you need to lug your own stuff up and down the staircase to the tarmac and up the plane again...

AllUrban
13-08-2009, 02:47 PM
Travel light, you need to lug your own stuff up and down the staircase to the tarmac and up the plane again... Good point...Travel lighter, and you can probably save a lot of time since you do not have to wait for ur checked baggage.

Maybe the taxi drivers practice the same policy? A discount for the first travellers from Malaysia :D

Have a great trip.

you need to carry a stop sign hanging on at the side of the street, after crossing remember to hang it on the other side of the street.
er...I dunno about you but Im not sure I could resist bringing back the stop sign as a souvenier. I brought a road divider sign back from Hong Kong too. Couldn't resist actually. I was walking past and it fell on the road right in front of me. :eek:

I thought "clearly this is a sign" :D And I took it back to Canada :p :D

Cheers, m

Vince
13-08-2009, 03:23 PM
er...I dunno about you but Im not sure I could resist bringing back the stop sign as a souvenier. I brought a road divider sign back from Hong Kong too. Couldn't resist actually. I was walking past and it fell on the road right in front of me. :eek:

I thought "clearly this is a sign" :D And I took it back to Canada :p :D

Cheers, m

Actually I had the same thought and was very tempted to put in my sling bag because the sign looked really antique and could have sold in ebay for a fortune, lol . Well I didn't, thinking of the peoples safety crossing their endless busy street.

Tong
13-08-2009, 04:04 PM
Don't forget you need to get visa-on-arrival they prefer US$ I think its $9.00 also I found the Novotel not to be as good as hyped Shangri-la better. 1.5 hours before at KLIA i found is ample time and 1 hour at Surabaya as there is nothing to do but sit and wait.

have fun

LMei
24-08-2009, 03:51 PM
Do visit the wet market early in the morning, huge! Like the one at Kota Kinabalu which are mostly run by Filipinos... Surabaya wet market is a sight... just walk thru is a lifetime experience.
I asked someone to take me to the market and was taken to Pasar Atum. Don't think this is the place you mentioned. It's just a large shopping place similar to Sungai Wang.

Sentinel
24-08-2009, 04:04 PM
I asked someone to take me to the market and was taken to Pasar Atum. Don't think this is the place you mentioned. It's just a large shopping place similar to Sungai Wang.I am sorry, I can't recall the local name. Its a big market where you get everything... veggies, seafood, handicrafts, foodstalls... let me check it out again.