Coastal route to Surabaya

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Imposibly green paddy fields
The north coast of Central Java is definitely off the beaten-path. The fully air-conditioned bus I flagged on the highway off-Demak cost me 60,000 Rp to Surabaya. The public bus in Indonesia isn’t a zone free-smoking, felt pity how the nation who doesn’t smoke suffers from second hand smoke. The air-conditioned bus is however is not a smoking zone, BUT there was a smoking compartment at the rear of the bus..SWEET. My favorite bus journey haha.
A vast landscape of impossibly green paddy fields with rural village on the backdrop to Surabaya was striking. The north coast where Java Sea located, is where local fisherman docking their colorful boats. Seeing local kids playing football by the field next to the sea, kind of reminds me how my childhood days spent.
Surabaya East Java Indonesia


Reaching Surabaya bus terminal I think I caught flu. Here’s the thing about Asian air-conditioned bus. Anytime I rode one, surely I got flu in the end. It’s because the polluted air keep circulated inside and even the filtered incoming air wasn’t filtered well due to improper servicing on the air-cond unit(if it serviced anyway). I suffer everytime I took air-conditioned bus. I rather took normal public bus non-air-conditioned cramped shoulder to shoulder with the rest of passengers.

Strolled along the main street Surabaya’s Chinatown I found 3 star Ibis Rajawali Hotel. Was planning to get proper rest and fresh in the hotel but the cheapest available was $48 USD. Therefore not the amount of money I was willing to spend. I further walked along the strangely empty-looking narrow alley and found Hotel Semut (Ant Hotel) and settled for 140,000Rp ($15 USD). The hotel was bizarrely decorated with Gaudi-Chinese style interior decoration but clean though look a bit oldtime-ish. Breakfast was served and handed to the room. There’s not much to see and do in Surabaya, I took becak from the hotel to city’s bus stop infront of Ibis Hotel for further onward journey to Malang.

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leilajackson says:
Traveling in air-conditioned buses gets me too. There are several Surabaya cheap hotels for under $25 which is not only clean but also comfortable.
Posted on: Jul 27, 2010
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