Surabaya is one of Indonesia’s larger cities and is the capital of the East Java province. Most visitors here tend to be business travelers or tourists on their way to the more scenic surrounds of Mount Bromo. Surabaya though does have its charms and has some lovely resplendent buildings from the Dutch colonial times such as the House of Sampoerna. Food is another big attraction and the hawker markets and stalls are always busy serving out the most delicious and aromatic Indonesian fare.
Surabaya is also gaining quite a reputation for being a great golfing destination and many hotels in Surabaya offer holiday packages with golf included. It has some world-class courses designed by famous course designers such as Jack Nicklaus. You can also be based here and stay in one of the hotels in Surabaya and use it as a base to explore the surrounding areas.
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Malang is a smaller city set in the mountains with some charming period houses and has a quality of timelessness. It has some nice leisurely walks and makes for a great relaxed break. There are some very comfortable hotels here. History buffs would like to visit the 8th century Shiva temple on the outskirts. A short distance from Malang and a popular locale for holidaymakers from Surabaya is the Kebun Wonasari tea estate in Lawang. It gives some respite from the relentless heat and the guided tours of the tea estates are interesting.
Beach lovers can head for Pulau Madura. You can travel to this nearby island either by ferry or by going over Indonesia’s longest bridge. Tourists can discover lovely, sun washed, beaches that Indonesia is so famous for.
For a fun day out for the whole family, take time out from sightseeing and head to Wisata Bahari Lamongan. This is like a giant amusement park with a huge crab at its entrance with cinemas, pools and water sports thrown in. You can also head for some of the nearby beaches or look for a lucky fishing spot.
Just an hour from Surabaya is historic Trowulan, the capital of Indonesia’s largest Hindu empire. Wander among its ruins and listen to the tales that echoes from its past. View the ritual bathing pool and imagine yourself as a blue-blood from a royal kingdom from long ago before you head back to the vibrant nightlife of Surabaya.
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