Surabaya is a city on the eastern side of Java, in the East Java province of Indonesia. It is the second largest city in the country with over 10 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. Complementing Jakarta, its larger brother on the western side of the same island, it sits close enough geographically to be exposed by the Javanese culture, while large enough to hold its people of multicultural backgrounds.
Downtown Surabaya taken from JW Marriott
The story goes that Surabaya’s name derives from the Javanese words Suro, meaning shark, and Boyo, meaning crocodile. With over 2 million people, Surabaya is the second-largest city in Indonesia. While many people come for business, Surabaya is also a gateway city for Mount Bromo and Bali. The city’s tree-lined streets and renovated pavements will impress those newly arrived from other cities in the archipelago, though in general the city’s attractions tend to be more apparent to those who make it their home rather than to short-term visitors. Put in the effort here, and you’ll have an authentic, fascinating, unique experience of an Asia that once was: get it while it lasts.
Very tropical and you need to wear casual, light clothes: T-shirts, shorts, sandals or shoes. Temperatures vary little through the year, with daytime highs around 32-34°C, falling at night to 22-26°C. During the rainy season (November–April) be prepared for occasional flash floods and traffic jams, and sometimes its almost as bad as Jakarta.
Bookmobile in a Bungkul Park, Surabaya
Being simultaneously one of the most ancient and significant trading ports in Indonesia, a post Dutch-colonial city (the Dutch knew it as Soerabaja), and having passed through brief Japanese control during WWII, Surabaya has a complex and patchwork heritage. It’s not unusual to meet Surabaya locals with heritage from other parts of Indonesia, all parts of south-eastern China, the Middle East or Europe. Surabaya is also the only place in Indonesia with a synagogue.
The national language, Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian), is the medium of government, commerce and education. Many locals also speak the regional language, Javanese (sometimes with a local accent). However, there are significant communities speaking Arabic, Cantonese (the language of Guangdong), Hokkien (the language of Fujian) and Mandarin (the now-standard spoken language of China). Most of this variety is centered in the north of the city, closer to the historic maritime center of business. There is also a surprising amount of English visible in Surabaya on advertising and signs.
While the Chinese were the first to record the area in the 13th century under the name 重迦廬 (zhonggala; apparently after the then-current local kingdom Jungala), local Chinese now know the city as 泗水 (sishui), while some further afield call it by a transliterated name 苏腊巴亚 (sulabaya).
- x-7.380556112.7666671 Juanda International Airport (is located about 12 km south-east of the city). There are two terminals: Terminal 1 (north of the runways) is the Domestic Terminal, and Terminal 2 (south of the runways) is the International Terminal (with some exceptions for Garuda Indonesia and Indonesia AirAsia flights). There is a free 15-minutes shuttle that links the two terminals.
To reach the Purabaya Bus Terminal a few kilometers west, there is a Damri Bus that leaves from both terminals and costs Rp 25,000 per person.
The national rail operator Kereta Api runs multiple daily train services from Jakarta and several other cities in Java, with both daytime and overnight services available.
Surabaya has two main station for long distance trains, -7.24828112.7311222 Pasar Turi and -7.265516112.7519983 Gubeng, both located at the heart of downtown Surabaya. Pasar Turi serves executive air-conditioned trains from Jakarta, Semarang, and all of Java’s northern coast; while Gubeng is the terminus station for mainly economy class trains and trains from the southern Java route, via Yogyakarta and Bandung. Slow and packed local economy-class trains from Malang arrive at -7.242993112.7407484 Kota station (also known as Semut) and passing through Gubeng station as they come in from the south.
Seats in Eksekutif (first class) and Bisnis (second class) for any intercity journey can be reserved from 90 days in advance up to 24 hours before departure at any major railway station in Java through e-kiosks serve by yourself. It same with online reserved by minimarket attendant of Alfamart and Indomart and the payment in minimarket can be done by cash also without any additional fee. On the last 24 hours before departure, the ticket is only available in the ticket counter at departure station. Senior citizens ages 60 and above are eligible for a 20% discount when the ticket is bought in this time bracket.
The main ferry terminal is -7.19797112.7342765 Tanjung Perak, located at the northern end of Jl. Perak Timur road about 4 km north of downtown.
- Angkutan Sungai Danau dan Penyeberangan (ASDP): Daily ferry service from Ujung Kamal and Madura
- Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (PELNI): Runs passenger ships from a large number of port cities throughout Indonesia.
Surabaya has frequent bus connections from all parts of East Java and from major cities in other parts of Java and beyond. The main bus terminal is at -7.3508309112.724729485276 Purabaya Bus Terminal (also known as Bungurasih), about 10 km south of the city.
Note: The names “Purabaya Terminal” and “Bungurasih Terminal” are used interchangeably to refer to Surabaya’s main bus terminal. “Purabaya” is the correct name but it is sometimes called “Bungurasih” because it is located in Bungurasih.
There are many people inside the terminal trying to solicit passengers to the bus of the company from which they get a commission, and they are especially bothersome to the foreigners. If you follow them to the bus, you are likely to get offered an inflated (Rp 200,000 or even more to Bali) price, even though there’s an official price list (you can see it at the exit to the platform). Ticket offices do not guarantee you to be safe from overcharging – most of them are private, and there’s no price posted on the window, so shop around. It may make sense to bargain if the price is certainly too high. Prices may be slightly higher during high demand periods like weekends and public holidays.
There are frequent buses from Malang (Rp 20,000 for air conditioned, less for “ekonomi”) and Probolinggo (for Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, Rp 20,000), so just turn up.
To Denpasar in Bali, fair price is Rp 100,000-120,000 by eksekutif night bus, including the ferry trip between Banyuwangi and Gilimanuk, mineral water and a meal. Buses depart from Bungurasih bus terminal in Surabaya, and arrive in Ubung bus terminal in Denpasar. Duration: 10-12 hr.
A ticket to Jakarta should cost Rp 130,000-150,000 in eksekutif bus – however the trip may be extremely tedious. The road is one of the busiest in Indonesia – despite that, much of it has only one lane in each direction, and there are lots of slow heavy trucks. There will be 3 or 4 rest stops on the way (20–30 minutes each), and at least some traffic jams near Jakarta, so even in an express bus what was advertised as 13–14 hours journey could easily turn into 18 or even 20.
Another option is to go by minibus (known in Indonesia as travel). A number of companies run door-to-door minibus services from and to major tourism destinations in Java, including Malang and Yogyakarta. These services are both more convenient and more expensive than public buses. Seats can be booked in advance through company offices, and also through many hotels and travel agents.
From the south, the Surabaya-Gempol toll road skirts the city limits up to Tanjung Perak port. The arterial Pantura (North Coast) road connects Surabaya all the way to Semarang in Central Java and Jakarta through Gresik, in which the portion between Surabaya and Gresik is tolled. From the neighboring Madura Island, the Suramadu bridge crosses the Madura strait, for free.
Taxis are plentiful on the streets of Surabaya. Some taxis are not renowned for their reliability so stick to the well known firms: Blue Bird Group ☎+62 31 3721234, Orenz Taxi ☎ +62 31 8799999, Silver and Express. Always insist on a metered fare. Figure on Rp 20,000 for a cross-town trip and Rp 70,000 to the airport. Drivers will expect a minimum fare of Rp 15,000 for short trips and for longer trips, pay the fare shown on the meter rounded up to the nearest multiple of Rp 1,000. Drivers will appreciate a tip of a few thousand rupiah. Blue Bird has increased its minimum payment to Rp 25,000, but it’s still the most reliable taxi company.
Since the fuel price hike in November 2014, there are some taxi operators that still use the old tariff, such as Zebra Nusantara Taxi which uses gas for its taxi, so the Zebra operator never increases the taxi tariff if the gas price is not increased yet. Zebra still uses the old flag-fall tariff Rp 5,500 for the first kilometer. The cheapest tariff among taxi operators. Zebra Taxi has been a public company for about 10 years and reliable enough. ☎ +62 31 8416666.
A trip from Stasiun Gubeng to Pasar Keputran should cost around Rp 20,000.
Commuter city trains are extremely limited, serving some parts of Surabaya and Sidoarjo.
Train stations in Surabaya
- Wonokromo Station ☎ +62 31 8410694
- Gubeng Station ☎ +62 31 5033115
- Pasar Turi Station ☎ +62 31 5345014
- Semut Station ☎ +62 31 3521465
Suroboyo Bus is the municipal city bus service. As of August 2018 it only serves Rajawali to Purabaya bus terminal via Pasar Turi train station, Siola and Tunjungan. While they do not accept cash as a form of payment, to help protect the environment passengers may exchange 3 large plastic bottles, 5 small plastic bottles or 10 plastic glasses for a ticket.
This is a large populous city and buses are usually crowded. There are two class of bus: standard buses which are usually very full and patas buses (supposed to be first class, but it is still… a bus.)
Travel by minivan in Surabaya
Bemos in East Java are sometimes called Angkot or Mikrolet. They are plentiful in Surabaya and can be hailed fairly randomly.
You need to know the routes to specific destination and beware of pickpocket, as its not safe.
Becak (cycle rickshaw) are a traditional form of transportation in Surabaya. Surprisingly, they are still visible everywhere in the city outskirts, unlike throughout most of Southeast Asia where they have nearly vanished already. Expect to pay around Rp 5,000 for a short-hop, or Rp 10,000 for a few blocks, Rp 20,000 for a multi-block haul. Drivers may not want to go a long way, and if it’s stinking hot have a heart and pay them some more money. Some of them have sun and rain covers, though these can be a bit low at times. Also, they can vary quite a bit in width: if you are ‘big boned’ you might need one to yourself.
Also available Becak Motor (cycle which powered by motor cycle engine)
Another option to discover Surabaya is by car and there are many car rental companies. To rent a car with a driver for one day might cost between 250,000 rupiah and 500,000 rupiah, depending on the type of car and the length of the trip. For a full day trip, it is customary to buy lunch for the driver, or give some extra money for the driver to buy cigarettes, a snack, or coffee. Don’t forget to pay for parking and toll fees and gas (unless you have already negotiated this into your initial price).
By Car/Bike Sharing
Also available : Gocar & Gojek, Grab car & Grab bike.
- -7.23121112.734351 House of Sampoerna. Situated in “old Surabaya”‚ this stately Dutch colonial-style compound was built in 1862 and is now a preserved historical site. Cited as the top tourism destination in Surabaya, the complex offers a museum, an art gallery, a cafe as well as souvenir shops. It also provides a City Sightseeing bus for free with a tour guide speaking English. Check out the timing for the museum’s main attraction: hundreds of girls hand-rolling Indonesia’s most prestigious cigarette, Dji Sam Soe, using traditional equipment: they do it at an unbelievable speed. The museum also organizes its own bus tours of nearby historical sites; these are worthwhile and generally available in Indonesian and English.
- -7.2404112.73162 Museum Kesehatan dr. Adhyatma, MPH (Dr. Adhyatma Health Museum), Jl. Indrapura No. 17, fax: +82 31 352-8749. Daily 8:30AM-3PM. A museum built in the 1990s oriented towards the history of health & medicinal treatment in Indonesia, from the depiction of health in traditional cultures to the evolution of remedy methods. Rp 1500,-.
- -7.2455112.73783 Tugu Pahlawan & Museum Sepuluh November (Heroes monument), Jalan Pahlawan, Kel. Alun-Alun Contong, Kec. Bubutan, Jawa Timur 60175. A monument dedicated to the fallen heroes of Surabaya during the Independence war of 1945-49. Adjacent to the monument area is Museum Sepuluh Nopember, named after the declaration of war against the Dutch colony on November 10, 1945. There are uniforms, pictures, dioramas and a large collection of World Was II era weapons (pistols, rifles, machine guns and a mortar). Most of the information is available in Indonesian and English. Rp 5000.
- -7.23667112.738334 Jembatan Merah (The Red Bridge). This red bridge plays a big role in Surabaya’s history; not for the bridge itself, but for the Dutch colonial era commercial area which lies in northern part of the city surrounding this bridge. The area is also known as Old Surabaya. See one of the best preserved Dutch colonial quarters in Indonesia. (updated Jun 2016)
- -7.2752112.759135 Museum Rudi Isbandi (Modern and contemporary art museum). Holdings collected from 1952 to 2009. Opened in 2009, and named after collector Rudi Isbandi. Address: Karangwismo I/10, Surabaya.
- -7.2272394112.718926 Museum TNI AL Loka Jala Çrana (Loka Jaya Çrana Navy Museum), Candradimuka Kompleks Pendidikan TNI AL Bumimoro, Surabaya.. M-Th 08:00-14:00. F 08:00-15:00. Closed on Sa, Su and Public Holidays. Established in 1969, the museum contains various displays related to the Indonesian Navy since the revolution era, including ships and amphibious tanks and a planetarium.
- -7.242207112.736477 Gereja Kelahiran Santa Perawan Maria. The oldest Catholic church in Surabaya. Beautiful glass panels and serene surroundings.
Gereja Katolik Kelahiran Santa Perawan Maria
- -7.262946112.743268 Grahadi. The colonial-era residence of the Governor of East Java. You can watch Reog dance, a vigorous traditional dance at the nearby ‘Balai Pemuda’ (Youth Hall- one historical building in Surabaya). It is not open to public.
- -7.29215112.654279 G-Walk. located in west Surabaya (CitraLand). There are many food stalls and bazaars at night where you can find a lot of good food. It gets very crowded at night and it’s a place for a lot of young people to hang out. A new food market opened in 2011 and close to G-Walk you’ll also find some bars. G-Walk is located between Pakuwon Super Mall and Ciputra Golf.
- -7.23988112.7399110 Hok An Kiong Chinese Temple (Klenteng Jalan Coklat). Excellent example of an older Chinese Southeast Asian temple, built in the early 19th century. Numerous old wooden carvings and statues from around the region. Just ask a bicycle to bring you to “Jalan Coklat” (Chocolate street) and you’ll see a bright red temple building. Afterwards, walk westward then north through some of the city’s numerous examples of old colonial commercial architecture.
Kya-Kya Kembang Jepun: The gateway to Chinatown, formerly Japantown
- -7.3365667112.71518611 Masjid Al Akbar Surabaya. A huge mosque which some say is the biggest mosque in South East Asia, The mosque has a tower which is equipped with an elevator, so that visitors can see Surabaya from top of the tower, 65m (195ft) above ground level.
Masjid Al Akbar
- -7.2521112.74712 Masjid Muhammad Cheng Hoo. A small but impressively detailed modern mosque, built circa 2001 and named after Zheng He, the Chinese Muslim (of distant Turmenistani-heritage!) admiral who led the Ming Dynasty treasure fleets on their seven voyages through the South China Sea to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and East Africa. Beautiful Chinese architecture, and a large outdoor model of one of the ancient Chinese treasure vessels. About 10 minutes walk from Surabaya City Hall, or 5 minutes by “becak”.
- -7.195477112.739413 Monumen Jalasveva Jayamahe. A monument on Surabaya’s seafront dedicated to the service of the Indonesian Navy.
- -7.265466112.75030614 Monumen Kapal Selam (KRI Pasopati (410)). A Soviet-built submarine display which served in the Indonesian Navy since 1962. Launched in 1952, and since her decommissioning in 1990 has been preserved as a monument. The body/hull was slightly cut for stairs & door for easier public entrance & viewing. Beside the monument there is a building where a short film about the history of the submarine can be viewed. It is located beside the river next to Delta Plaza. You also can see the Suroboyo monument near the river.
- Pasar Ampel. A large Arab market selling carpets and all sorts of other goodies. At the end of the main narrow lane is the mosque and grave of one of the nine Muslim saints of Java, Sunan Ampel.
- Pasar Keputran. A small local food market.
- -7.2812625112.74229415 Surabaya Cathedral (Katedral Hati Kudus Yesus). Seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Surabaya, established on 15 February 1928 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Surabaya from the Apostolic Vicariate of Batavia, promoted on 16 October 1941 as Apostolic Vicariate of Surabaya, promoted on 3 January 1961 as the Diocese of Surabaya, and renamed as such 22 August 1973. The local area apparently includes 150,457 (4.4%) Catholics.
- -7.1837112.780116 The Suramadu Bridge (Jembatan Suramadu). Also known as the Surabaya-Madura Bridge, is a cable-stayed bridge which connects Surabaya on the island of Java and the town of Bangkalan on the island of Madura. The bridge has been open for the public since 2009.
- Kenjeran Beach (Pantai Kenjeran), is a beach with black sand.
- Swim and have fun with water in -7.2851112.633061 Ciputra Waterpark. , a great place for swimming. It has a wave pool, slides, and more. This waterpark is located in the CitraLand complex. It is usually crowded on Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays. The waterpark is open until 20:00.
- Enjoy the local arts at Balai Pemuda, an art center in the heart of Surabaya, near the City Hall. You can watch the Reog Dance and other art performances. The big event is Festival Seni Surabaya (FSS), held every year in June. During the Dutch Colonial era, this building was a club called Simpangsche Societeit.
- Get around the Old Town area (around Kembang Jepun to the port) and enjoy the view of nice colonial buildings.
- Surabaya has several golf courses. Try to golf in Bukit Darmo Golf. This golf course is located in the elite housing area in West Surabaya. This course has 18 holes, designed by Jack Nicklaus II. Another alternative is Yani Golf. This course is built in hilly terrain and is the oldest course in town with the crypt of the last Dutch Governor on it. Otherwise, you can try Graha Famili golf course (18 holes), inside Graha Famili real estate site, near the Bukit Darmo Golf. Also Ciputra Golf found within Citraland Estate. For beginners, try Pakuwon Golf instead within Pakuwon Estate – an 18-hole par 3 course; the ‘back nine’ are quite challenging. There’s also excellent Taman Dayu golf located about an hour drive south, towards Malang. There you also find the very nice course of Fina Golf. Another 9-hole Par 3 course can be found on the estate of Semen Gresik in the town of the same name. Generally golf in Surabaya is both great and cheap if you compare with most other countries.
- Watch movies in 21 Group cinemas, a nice cinema. 21 Cinemas have air-conditioners and nice seats. You can identify if a cinema is part of Group 21 from the last name, like Empire 21 or Tunjungan 21. And now there are also XXI which is still the same group of 21. The XXI cinema is available at SUTOS (Surabaya Town Square) and Tunjungan Plaza. The XXI cinemas are more expensive than 21 Cinema. Also available CGV cinemas in Marvell City Mall.
- -7.29233112.652 Surabaya expats football team. plays every Saturdays at 3pm. Feel free to join!
Surabaya boasts some of South-East Asia’s largest shopping malls. Try to shop between 1 May and 30 June when the Surabaya big sale is on. Discounts are up to 50% at this time.
Tunjungan Plaza: The largest consumer mecca in town
- Tunjungan Plaza (TP), Jl Basuki Rahmat. Anchored by SOGO, Matahari, and Hero. The largest in central Surabaya, with six interconnected buildings (TP 1 – TP 6) selling everything. Good selection of restaurants on the top floors and the basement. Enjoy yourself at Stingers, a game area near the food court, or Timezone, a popular arcade.
- Galaxy Mall (GM), Jl Dharmahusada Indah Timur (Middle East Ring Road). Anchored by SOGO, Centro, Ranch Market 99, Cinema XXI and more than 400 shops selling well known brands such as Mango, Guess Marks ans Spencer, LaSenza, Sephora, Nine West, The Body Shop, L’Occitane, Mothercare and many more. There are two Food Courts, one completely dedicated to the best local Indonesian food and an International Food Court plus The Dining Town which gathers many fine-dining restaurants on one exclusive floor. The largest mall in the eastern part of Surabaya, with two interconnected buildings lavishly finished throughout with marble floors and stainless steel finishes.
- Pakuwon Mall, Supermal Pakuwon Indah (SPI) and Pakuwon Trade Center (PTC), Jl Puncak Indah Lontar (Middle West Ring Road). Pakuwon Mall is anchored by Sogo, Lotemart, while Supermall is anchored by Matahari, Hypermart, ACE. The largest mall in the western part of Surabaya. Pakuown mall contains the exclusive part of the mall and SPI is middle while PTC caters the lower market of the mall. PTC has an area that sells pets.
- Surabaya Town Square (Sutos), Jl Adityawarman. Anchored by Foodmart. A shopping mall with the largest cinema studio in Surabaya. Open until midnight.
- Grand City Mall, Jl Gubeng Pojok. Next to Grand City Convention and Exhibition Hall. The luxurious mall in Surabaya.
- Lenmarc Mall, Jl Bukit Darmo Boulevard. Anchored by Transmart Full glass façade and the first golf-view mall in Surabaya.
- Ciputra World Mall, Jl. Mayjen Sungkono. The longest escalator in Surabaya.
- Family Outlet, Jl. Raya Darmo Permai Selatan No. 11. Babies’, boys’, girls’, men’s, and women’s clothing are available. Open 10:00-21:00.
BG Junction shopping center
- The Square, Jl Sumatra. At Big Box Complex. Men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, featuring many branded items at discount prices. Open till 22:00
- Pasar Atom & Pasar Atom Mall, Jl Bunguran. Anchored by Hartani. A large, indoor Chinese and local market, selling foods, clothes, jewellery, catering to Chinese locals. You can bargain the prices here. Loads of DVDs (5k each) of movies made everywhere. Excellent food court (begins to open around 12:00), featuring excellent vegetarian cuisine among at least 40 other choices.
- City of Tomorrow (Cito), Jl Raya Jendral Ahmad Yani. Anchored by Matahari and Hypermart.
- Plaza Surabaya (Delta Plaza), Jl Pemuda. Anchored by Matahari and Superindo. One of the oldest shopping malls in town. Beside Delta Plaza is the Monkasel (Monumen Kapal Selam) or the Submarine Monument.
- Royal Plaza, Jl Raya Jendral Ahmad Yani. Anchored by Matahari, Hypermart, ACE and Index. Another medium size shopping mall in Surabaya.
- BG Junction, Jl Bubutan. Anchored by Carrefour (be warned: dismal cheese selection, long queues) and Cahaya. A variety of jewellery stores so if you want to buy jewellery you definitely have to go to this place. The food court is terrible unless you would like yet another “special” Indonesian dish (check out Pasar Atom’s, instead). Will be opening soon CGV cinemas
- ITC, Jl Gembong. Anchored by Carrefour.
- Maspion Square, Jl Margorejo Indah. Anchored by Giant. A shopping mall situated in Southern Surabaya.
- Jembatan Merah Plaza (JMP)
- Pusat Grosir Surabaya (PGS)
- Darmo Trade Center (DTC)
- Kapas Krampung Plaza (Kaza)
- Royal Square
- World Trade Center (WTC), off Jl Pemuda. Despite its name, the building is actually more famous as the place to shop for mobile phones. Beware of pickpockets. Locals often refer to it as ‘World Telephone Center’.
- HI-TECH Mall (THR Mall), Jl Kusuma Bangsa. Dismall place to shop for computers, software and computer peripherals.
- Plasa Marina, Jl Margorejo Indah. a shopping area for computers, software, and cellphones.
- Empire Palace, Jl Blauran. A place specialising in weddings and jewellery.
- Roode Brug Soerabaia, Jl Pucang Anom Timur 70. Heritage souvenirs specialist. Reference books about old Surabaya, miniatures of Suramadu Bridge and KRI Pasopati Submarine which is done with a high level of detail. Heritage buildings on T-shirts such as the lindeteves-stokvis & Haven Kantoor building. You can enquire about a special heritage tour to Surabaya old kampong and heritage building.
- Cak Cuk Surabaya, Jl Mayjen Sungkono 35, Putat Gede, Sukomanunggal. Eclectic souvenir shop with the theme of Surabaya on many of its products.
- Pasar Genteng, Jl Genteng Besar. Around this market you’ll find shops selling bandeng asap (smoked milk fish) and kerupuk (local chips). Also known as the largest electronic spare part market in Indonesia (level 2 and above).
- Pasar Ampel A large colourful Arab Market, and a definite highlight of the city. You are able to find unique food here. An excellent place to shop for hats, imported dates, perfumes, water pipes and tobacco, a Quran for that special someone, etc. Dress reasonably conservatively and be friendly. Most people are very warm and it is perfectly safe in the day time, but you can meet the odd person who is less than warmly welcoming to westerners. It is probably best not to amble down too many alleys here at night.
rujak cingur: Surabaya’s local, saucy, cow nose salad (not to be confused with the other ones)
lo mie: egg and noodle soup
dendeng sapi dari: beef jerky
tahu telor: tofu topped with vegetables
tahu telor: tofu and vegetables
kue lapis: Surabayan layer cake
lontong kupang: rice cake served with small saltwater clams (Corbula faba H), a specialty dish in Eastern Java, especially in Surabaya and Sidoarjo.
Surabaya is famous for rujak cingur, a local salad with sauce and cingur (slices of cooked cow nose). Try also the sate kelopo, satay with coconut rasp which you can find in Jalan Walikota Mustajab.
Surabaya is home to a huge number of restaurants – this is an eating culture.
Don’t forget to try pecel, gado-gado, semanggi, bakso, es cendol, es campur, es teler, and es kacang ijo (mung bean milk).
Kue lapis Surabaya is the local variety of a cake that’s made throughout large parts of Indonesia and Malaysia.
- Kafe Bromo, Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers, Jl. Embong Malang 25-31. Offers delicious all day dining in a relaxed setting with a view that gives to pool.
- Lung Yuan Chinese Restaurant, Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers, Jl. Embong Malang 25-31. The menu features fresh seafood, premium fish and various Cantonese dishes. Has a private room suitable for a business meeting or family gathering.
- Tradewinds Restaurant, Jl. Raya Kupang Baru 17A, ✉ email@example.com.
- Qua-Li. Specialized in authentic Singaporean and Hong Kong cuisines conveniently and inexpensively, Qua-Li tenants are located at East Coast Center, Supermal Pakuwon Indah, Tunjungan Plaza, Galaxy Mall and many other shopping centers.
- JW Marriott Hotel. International buffet, French, Tang Palace Chinese and Japanese themed restaurants.
- Angus House, World Trade Centre & HR. Muhammad. Premium quality steak.
- Boncafe, Raya Gubeng, Manyar Kertoarjo, Pregolan Bunder, Jl. Lingkar Dalam Barat Graha Family. Local style steak house which favours by Surabaya people
- Trattoria Valentino, Jl. Bukit Darmo Golf R-12 (next to the golf club). Italian owned restaurant, wood fried pizza, hand made pastas. Family style, good prices. Italian, English and Indonesian speakers.
- Portofino, Shangri-la Hotel, Mayjend Sungkono. Great Italian food, can be pricey.
- Capital, Lenmarc Mall. There are no other restaurants serving complete original Western dishes except here in Capital, located in Lenmarc Mall.
- Crystal Jade Chinese Restaurant, Lenmarc Mall. Cooked by chefs from Singapore and China.
- Food courts, in all the main shopping malls offer a variety of Indonesian, Western Chinese and Japanese dishes at reasonable prices. The shopping malls also have good variety of small restaurants.
- Ahimsa Restaurant, Kusuma Bangsa 80. Open from 7AM-10PM daily. Best known vegetarian restaurant in stylish decor. Pan Asian, Chinese and Indonesian cuisine.
- -7.2743112.74511 Domicile Kitchen and Lounge, Jalan Sumatra No.35, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 11 AM – 1 AM or 11 AM – 2 AM (on Saturday). A modern and chic kitchen, serving “new-age” cuisine and pastry prepared from high quality materials. Unique design through parts of the building, VIP Room available by reservation. Open for brunch until late night for supper and cocktails. (updated Jan 2016)
- Kahyangan Resto, Citraland. Authentic à la carte Indonesian cuisines accompanied with an Oriental touch are served here at precise prices.
- Soto Ayam Ambengan, Jl. Ambengan. Serves soto, a yellow soup with chicken meat, noodle and cabbage. The soup is yellow because of the turmeric and other spices.
- Hary Hary Restaurant, Jl. Musi 47. Special Indonesian grilled fresh fish and prawn in Dutch colonial house with cozy and classy atmosphere. Many other heritage recipes like tahu tek-tek,nasi goreng,sate kelapa.
- Puri Garden, Plaza Surabaya 1F. Tasty selection of Indonesian food with dishes for Rp 10,000-20,000. Try puri kuali asam, an Indonesian twist on the spicy Thai tom yam kung soup.
- Bakwan Dempo, Jl Dempo, Bakwan and fried or braised stuffed intestines.
- Bakwan Gili, Ps Atum, Authentic Bakwan.
- Bakwan Kapasari, Mayjend Sungkono. Serving meatballs (called bakwan), soup, tofu (called tahu), siomay and more since 1930s.
- Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang, Jl HR Muhammad, Jl. Ahmad Yani. Serving nasi uduk, Indonesian version of nasi lemak.
- Bakwan Dempo 19, Jl. HR Muhammad 46. Try Bakwan campur, meatballs (bakwan) with siomay, tahu.
- Depot You Yuen, Jl Undaan Kulon 87. Local vegetarian cuisine. Indonesian speakers only.
- Ayam Bakar Prima Rasa, Jl.Kusuma Bangsa 3a, Jl.Raya Manyar Kertoajo 78, Jl.Raya Kupang Indah 1a, Jl. Indonesian food, especially grilled chicken (ayam bakar). BBQ fish (gurame bakar) with nice soy sauce, fresh fried fish (gurame goreng) looks like it is flying when served.
- Ikan Bakar Cianjur, Mayjend Sungkono, Jl. Manyar Kertoarjo V. Try the ikan pesmol, fried fish with delicious local sauce or Nila Goreng, fried Nila fish with sambal or ‘hot sauce’.
- Ayam Goreng Kertajaya, Jl Pemuda (opposite Bonnet Supermarket and to Jl Jaksa Agung Suprapto.)
- Kartika Pujasera, Jl. Diponegoro. Pujasera is the abbreviation of ‘Pusat Jajan Serba Ada’ or if translated in English, ‘complete snack Centre’. Here you can order various local food, ranging from semanggi, bakso, pecel, tahu tek, mie kluntung, gado-gado, lontong balap, bakwan kotak, to bebek goreng.
- Rawon Setan, Jl. Embong Malang, (opposite JW Marriott Hotel). Open 24 hr a day. Favourite among the locals.
- Sate Klopo Ondomohen Jl. Walikota Mustajab. Local minced beef satay mixed with shredded coconut. One of Surabaya Cuisine.
- Leko Jl. HR Muhammad. Serves Indonesian cuisines and specialises in beef ribs presented in a special spices.
- A&W, 3 food court. TP SuperMall
- McDonald’s, 3 food court. TP Galaxy Mall, Surabaya Plaza, and almost any other mall/plaza
- KFC, Jl. Basuki Rachmat . Also in many larger malls.
Ice cream and pastry
- Jasmine Ice Cream and Pastries, Grand City Mall lt 2-38, Jl. Gubeng Pojok no. 1, Galaxy Mall Lt 2 – 315. ☎ +62 31 594 7452, ☎ +62 31 7099-1431
- Ibu Hasan, Jl. Manyar Rejo 8, Surabaya. Tel.: (62)(31) 594 8710. Jl. Kutai 25 A, Surabaya. Tel.: (62)(31) 709 9975. Local bakery chain.
- Baskin and Robbins, JL. Komp Ruko Mangga Dua Blok A.9 No. 10. ☎ +62 31 843 2545. Galaxi, Jl. Dharmahusada Indah Timur No.37 Lt.2.☎ +62 31 593 7159. Plaza Tunjungan 4 – Jl. Embong Malang 7-21, ☎ +62 31 535 5081. Pakuwon Supermall, Perumahan Pakuwon Indah, ☎ +62 31 739 0331. Golden City Mall, Jl H. Abdul Wahab Siamin 2- 8.☎ +62 31 565 3386. Baskin and Robbins. Ice cream parlour.
- Es Krim Zangrandi, Jl Yos Sudarso. The oldest ice cream stall in town. Located in downtown area, at Jl. Yos Sudarso, near the Balai Pemuda.
- Turin Italian Es Krim, Jl Embong Kenongo.
- Amore, Jl Raya Kertajaya Indah.
- Cocofrio Ice Cream, Jl Dharmawangsa 113-A-B
- 360 Royal Plaza, Jl.Ahmad Yani.
- Big Box Cafe, Jl.Sumatra. Under renovation but still open. Seems to have some other names, like ‘Lava Lounge’ and ‘Box Entertainment Complex’. Basically an outdoor bar/restaurant with couches/stools, some decent western food and juice, alcohol and regular live music.
- Blowfish Kitchen & Bar@MEX One Stop Entertainment, Jl.Pregolan, Tegalsari.
- The Capital Restaurant & Lounge, Lenmarc Mall G-12. 10:00-02:00. Californian Fusion, Tex-Mex and Asian food. Wide range of beverages including CO2 cocktails and jelly noodles. Special liquors have lower price rates during special hours. $$$$.
- Citilites Skyclub & Bistro (Java Paragon Hotel), Jl. Mayjend Sungkono 101-103. 18:00-23:00. On the 21st floor with a good view of the city lights. Regional and international beverages, snacks and pastries. Cozy and stylish. $$$$.
- Colors Pub & Resto, Jl. Sumatra 81. Popular and very, very loud nightclub.
- Coyote Top Ten Bar, at Plaza Tunjungan
- The D Club, Jl. Mayjend Sungkono 83. 12:00-23:00. Comfortable place to enjoy wine, and premium cigars from Indonesia, Cuba, Honduras and Nicaragua.
- D’esperados restaurant, (Shangri la Hotel), Jl. Mayjend Sungkono.
- Foreplay Eclectic Lounge, Sutos, Jl. Adityawarman No 55.
- Ice Club, Lenmarc Mall. Drinking of spirits in a club environment.
- Kantor Discotheque, Jl Semut Kali. Very nice place to hang out and drink at decent price.
- Kowloon Palace Discotheque, at Delta Plaza or known as Plaza Surabaya building. Very nice place to hang out and chill out.
- Lava Lounge, Jl. Sumatra 40 (near the Japanese consulate office). 16:00-13:00, midnight on Fri/Sat. Cheap beer, great outdoor setting. Nice regulars that are expats and Indonesian. Arak Bali (an Indonesian vodka-like spirit), cocktails, coffee, tenderloin steak, nachos.
- Lido, off Jl Mayjen Sungkono. Expat-oriented bar.
- The Penthouse, East Plaza, Ngagel.
- Vertical Six, (V-Six at J.W. Marriott Hotel), Jl. Embong Malang.
The tap water is unsafe to drink, make sure you order your drinks or soft drinks that come in sealed bottles. One drinking water brand that is pretty well known here is Cheers, the official drinking water of Surabaya approved by the city government.
Where to stay in Surabaya
- Merdeka, Jl. Bongkaran No. 6 (near station Kota). Check-out: 14:00. From Rp 120,000.
- Family Guest House, Jl. Gubeng Kertajaya 8C No. 15 (find Bank International Indonesia at Kertajaya Main St). Check-in: 10:00, check-out: 13:00. Clean room and familiar service. Serves good coffee, hot chocolatte, and tea all day long. Free 24 hr internet connection through wifi. Rp 300,000.
- Green House Homestay, Unimas Garden Regency H 23 Waru Sidoarjo (nearby Surabaya West). Air-con, cable TV, free WiFi, bath, breakfast. Rp 100,000-200,000.
- Puri Kencana, Jl. Kalimantan. Worn rooms with air-con and cold water including decent Indonesian breakfast. from Rp 130,000.
- Soerabaya Place Homestay, Jl. Jaksa Agung Suparapto (near City Hall). Clean, quiet and friendly. Hot water, WiFi in rooms. Tea, coffee available in the morning, hot water all day. No breakfast included, but menu available. Refrigerator available. Rp 175,000-200,000.
- Pavillijoen Hotel, Jl. Pasar Genteng 94 (near Tunjungan Plaza-SOGO). A classic old Dutch colonial era hotel. Mostly for backpackers and family stays. Single, double, or triple spacious rooms. Only fan, but not so hot due to the high ceilings. Breakfast with hot tea. At night, this street becomes a night market where you can find cheap goods and food. Rp 120,000-185,000.
- Sparkling Backpacker Hotel, Jl Kayon No 2AB (near Gubeng train station,). Air-con, WiFi. No dorm, only private rooms. Rp 115,000-225,000.
- The Hostel, Jl Simpang Dukuh 30-40 Blok A4 (15 min walk from Gubeng train station). Check-in: noon, check-out: noon. air condition mixed dorm. free breakfast and wifi. has lockers and a shared lounge/tv area. clean bathrooms. Rp 120,000 per person. (updated Mar 2017)
- Singgasana Hotel Surabaya, Gunungsari Street, Surabaya 60224, Indonesia. 120 rooms and 4 self-contained villas, all have cable TV, Internet and telephone, mini-bar, private toilet, bath and shower. Airport/city transfers and car rental, business centre, currency exchange, banquet and meeting venues, swimming pool and spa. From US$73.
- TS Suites. 126 rooms of 2 CEO Suites, 5 family suites of 2 bedrooms and 119 Executive Suites.
- Puri Darmo Service Residence. Darmo. A variety of restaurants, business organisations, banks, shopping malls, entertainment and international schools are provided in the Darmo commercial area. The Central Business District of Surabaya (Jalan Basuki Rachmat) is a short drive away and access to other regions of the city is easy with the major toll roads and highway nearby.
- Ibis Styles. Good discounts online for advance bookings. (updated Feb 2018)
- Sahid Convenient for Gubeng Railway Station, but maintenance of rooms can be spotty. Around US$30–35 including breakfast.
- Weta International Welcoming and modern hotel in a central location. Around US$30 including breakfast.
- Mercure Grand Mirama. Located in the city centre.
- Equator. Nice bungalows, on cobblestone roads, some with attached garages.
- Novotel. Nice resort hotel with outdoor hallways. Pool with abundant plants and waterslide. From US$50.
- Garden Palace, (Next to Surabaya Plaza), Dim Sum, Japanese & Chinese food.
- Hotel Tunjungan, Located next to Tunjungan Plaza. Convenient to mall and mall’s food court.
- Surabaya Plaza Hotel. Conventional business hotel close to Surabaya Plaza.
- Inna Simpang.
- -7.2627112.73831 Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers, Jalan Embong Malang 25 – 31. (Next to Tunjungan Plaza).
- -7.2598112.73472 JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya, Jalan Embong Malang No. 85-89.
- x-7.26112.73983 Majapahit Hotel, 65 Jalan Tunjungan. Opulent colonial-era boutique hotel. Built by the Sarkies brothers in 1910, whose other hotels include the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the Eastern & Oriental in Penang and the Strand Hotel in Yangon. Good service and staff. From US$70, although local travel agents may get better prices.
- Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya. Close to golf courses in Darmo area. Pool with abundant plants and waterslide. From US$80.
- Hotel Bumi Surabaya (Previously known as Hyatt Regency). Conventional business hotel. Indonesian President stays here.
- -7.291721112.67140134 Ascott Waterplace Surabaya, Tower D1, Jalan Pakuwon Indah Lontar Timur Kav. 3-5, ✉ email@example.com. The property is equipped with one and two bedroom apartments and a one bedroom penthouse. Courier services are available on request. (updated Oct 2017)
Stay safe in Surabaya
As with any big city, never let your guard down, because big cities such as Surabaya have a reputation among Indonesians for a mid crime rate. That said, Surabaya has few real dangers for visitors apart from the perils of crossing the very busy roads (the secret is to raise an arm while crossing, and to progress with a predictable speed and bearing, allowing the traffic to flow around you). Don’t walk on the streets, especially at night other than the CBD area, if you can avoid it since you won’t have anything to sightsee. Bring along your face mask if you travel by foot during rush hour since the traffic will be chaos and the air pollution is bad (16:30 to 18:30). Be polite to the people, since Surabayans tend to swear easily which is very common. Do not easily trust people you have just met, even if they look friendly.
Stay healthy due to COVID-19 in Surabaya
Avoid drinking tap water. Bottled water is available in most places. One of the trusted brands is Cheers, the official drinking water of Sparkling Surabaya.
Surabaya has hospitals with 24 hr emergency rooms Unit Gawat Darurat (UDG) (ER)
- RSUD Dr. Soetomo, Jl. Prof. Moestopo 6-8. ☎ +62 31 5340061.
- RSUD Haji, Jl. Manyar Kertoadi. ☎ +62 31 5947760.
- RS Darmo, Jl. Raya Darmo. Unit Gawat Darurat. ☎ +62 31 5676253.
- RS Mitra Keluarga, Jl. Satelit Indah II Darmo Satelit. ☎ +62 31 7345333. (Worst hospital for emergency, doctors chat with med reps before seeing patients, very unprofessional)
- RS William Booth, Jl. Diponegoro 34. ☎ +62 31 5678917.
- RS Vincentius. A. Paulo, Jl. Diponegoro 51. ☎ +62 31 5677562 hunting
- Rumah Sakit PHC Surabaya,Jl. Prapat Kurung Selatan No. 1 Tanjung Perak Surabaya. ☎ +62 31 3294801 – 3. (Fax +62 31 3294804) UGD 24 hr ☎ +62 31 3294118. (firstname.lastname@example.org’)
- RS Adi Husada Kapasari, Jl. Kapasari 97-101 ☎ +62 31 3764 555 (Fax:+61 31 3764 666 email@example.com)
- RS Adi Husada, Jl. Undaan Wetan No. 40 – 44.
- RS Surabaya Internasional (Ramsay Health Care), formerly HCoS, Jl. Nginden Intan Barat No. 1-6. ☎ +62 31 5993211. (Fax:+62 31 5993214). http://www.ramsayhealth.co.id/
- Siloam Hospital, Jl Gubeng Raya 70. ☎ +62 31 5031333, +62 31 5031821, +62 31 5038211
- RS Husada Utama, Jl. Mayjen Prof. Dr. Moestopo 31-33-35. ☎ +62 31 5017975
Telecommunications in Surabaya
The international code for Indonesia is +62. Local Surabaya phone numbers will start +62 31 xxx xxxx or +62 31 xxxx xxxx for the CDMA provider or +62 8xx xxxx xxxx for the GSM provider.
There are four main telecommunication providers in Surabaya: Telkomsel, Indosat, Three, Smartfren and XL.
To make an international call from Surabaya, dial the access code 001 (for Indosat), 007 (for Telkom/Telkomsel), or 008 (for Indosat), followed by the country code, area code and party’s number. Recently the providers have started offering cheaper rates for calls using Internet telephony routes (VOIP). The access codes for this cheaper service are 01016 for Indosat provider and 01017 for Telkom and Telkomsel provider.
If you have your own mobile phone, it may run free wifi networks at many malls. Ask at the information desk for access codes. Free hotspots are also available in most restaurants and cafes. Several hotels also provide free hotspots in their lobby. All major hotels provide internet access in one or more ways; simply ask them about this when you make your booking.
Alternatively, if you have a compatible 4G mobile phone and a laptop, tethering to your PC is the quickest way to gain internet access although speeds might not impress. Note that prepaid SIM cards can be purchased very easily and cheap, and that service activation is completed on the user’s phone very quickly. Once activated, recharge with credits as necessary. Internet access is usually available at this stage; refer to your phone’s user manual for tethering instructions. Operators will usually offer internet packets that offer cheaper access fees-instructions to access these services are available in the booklet that comes with your SIM card (i.e. XL’s services are accessible by dialing *123#). BlackBerry Internet Service is readily available and can be registered similarly on the prepaid SIM.
Internet cafes are available in many parts of the city with a price of Rp 4,000-5,000 per hour. However, most of the internet cafes can be found around universities, and in most shopping malls.
Internet speeds in Surabaya are rarely fast, regardless of your connection. They are usually sufficient to make decent Whatsapp voice calls, although HD video calling may not be possible. Temporarily disabling software updates (Windows Update, security software updates, Adobe Updater, etc.) may help maximise access speeds.
Tourism information office
- Jl Wisata Menanggal. ☎ +62 31 8531815, +62 31 8531820.
- TIC Balai Pemuda, Jl Pemuda Surabaya, ☎ +62 31 5340444
- Ambulance ☎ 118.
- Police ☎ 110.
- East Java Police HQ: Jl. Ahmad Yani. ☎ +62 31 8280748.
- Surabaya Police HQ: Jl. Sikatan 1. ☎ +62 31 3523927.
- East Surabaya, Jl. Sidodadi. ☎ +62 31 5341053, +62 31 3711052.
- North Surabaya, Jl. Raden Saleh. ☎ +62 31 5688099, +62 31 5341053.
- South Surabaya, Jl. Dukuh Kupang Barat 16. ☎ +62 31 3711052, +62 31 5670641.
- Tanjung Perak, Jl. Kalianget 1. ☎ +62 31 3293023, +62 31 62 31 3293023.
Consulates in Surabaya
- -7.286151112.7805231 Australia, Level 3 ESA Sampoerna Center, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Mo-Fr open 8 AM, closed 4 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.272738112.7421812 Belarus, Jl. Basuki Rachmad 149, fax: +62 31 534 4356, ✉ email@example.com. Mo-Sa open 7 AM, closed 6 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.279908112.700313 Belgium, Jl. Darmo Baru Barat I, 22, fax: +62 31 740 275, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.291203112.7148384 China, Jalan Mayjend Soengkono, No. 105. Mo-Fr open 8.30 AM, closed 17.30 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.276646112.6909995 Czech Republic, Darmo Square Kav. R-8, Jl. Raya Darmo 54-56, fax: +62 31 5621 835, ✉ email@example.com. Mo-Fr 8 AM – 5 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.287793112.7327326 Denmark, Jl. Sambas No 10, fax: +62 31 568 7203, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Mo-Fr, open 9 AM, closed 3 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.293345112.7172177 East Timor, Jl. Kencana Sari Barat II / AA No. 8, fax: +62 31 562 3139, ✉ email@example.com. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.291016112.7437998 France, Jl. Darmokali No 10, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Mo-Sa, open 9 AM, closed 7 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
- 7.2828112.7388889 Germany, Jl. Dr. Wahidin 31, fax: +62 31 563 1872, ✉ email@example.com. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.259552112.7346310 Hungary, Hotel JW Marriott Lt. 3, Jl. Embong Malang, fax: +62 31 535 3034, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.272454112.7465711 Japan, Jl. Sumatera 93, fax: +62 31 503 0037. Mo-Fr open 8.15 AM, closed 3 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.283713112.73977112 Mongolia, Gozco Building 8th Floor, Jl. Raya Darmo 54-56. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.277971112.73522113 Netherlands, Jl. Imam Bonjol No. 36, fax: +62 31 566 2414, ✉ email@example.com. Mo-Fr open 8.30 AM, closed 4 PM. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.279821112.74185614 New Zealand, Jl Sriwijaya 38, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.26336112.77063315 Philippines, Jl. Raya Kali Kepiting No. 111, ✉ email@example.com. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.289205112.73474416 Poland, Jl. Opak No. 16, fax: +62 31 568 0760, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.269948112.74953417 Russia, JL. Sumatera, No. 116 – 118. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.23911112.73488318 Slovakia, Jl. Sikatan No. 39, fax: +62 31 354 4016, ✉ email@example.com. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.300047112.73016219 Sweden, Jl. Sambas No. 10, East Java, fax: +62 31 568 7203. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.36059112.67331720 United Kingdom, Lamipak Primula Indonesia 26, Jl. Sawunggaling, Gilang-Taman, Sidoarjo. (updated Mar 2019)
- -7.283706112.64801921 United States, Jl. Citra Raya Niaga No. 2, fax: +62 31 297-5301. Mo-Fr open 7.30 AM, closed 16.00 PM. Content retrieved from: https://isaan.live/travel/Surabaya.
Tomohon | Covid-19 Travel Restrictions | Lockdown | Coronavirus Outbreak
Tomohon is a city in Northern Sulawesi. It is the fourth-largest city in the province of North Sulawesi after Manado, Bitung, and Kotamobagu. Tomohon is south of Manado. Tomohon Districts Eruption of the Lokon-Empung volcano (2020) photographed from Tomohon North – Tinoor, Kinilow, Kakaskasen, Wailan, and Kayawu. The first region to be discovered in Tomohon […]
Tomohon is a city in Northern Sulawesi. It is the fourth-largest city in the province of North Sulawesi after Manado, Bitung, and Kotamobagu. Tomohon is south of Manado.
Eruption of the Lokon-Empung volcano (2020) photographed from Tomohon
North – Tinoor, Kinilow, Kakaskasen, Wailan, and Kayawu. The first region to be discovered in Tomohon from Manado. There is mat production, fruit and flowers vendors in several parts such as in Tinoor for fruits and Kakaskasen for flowers.
- Central – Talete, Kamasi, Kolongan, and Matani. Downtown of Tomohon, center of public activities, hospitals, and Mayor office and city hall.
- West – Woloan and Tara-Tara. Traditional House (knockdown type) production, Woloan Ancient Park where Waruga, the ancient tombs are collected in one area, in the same area are 9 springs.
- East – Paslaten, Rurukan, Kumelembuai. Vegetable Farms on the slope of Mt. Mahawu and Mt. Masarang, and the famous Tomohon Traditional Market.
- South – Walian, Sarongsong, Pinaras, Lahendong. Hotspring areas, the outstanding Lake Linow is located in Lahendong.
Tomohon is an important town in Northern Sulawesi. It is young but holds an important role in tourism of the province. The panorama and nature of Tomohon are attractions for those who travel this far. It lies between two volcanoes, Mt. Mahawu and Mt. Lokon. The town is shaped like a starfish, with long tentacles visible from higher ground. Because of its position on the highland, Tomohon has a very mild climate, for which it is famous. The friendliness of its people is also well known in the region.
Most people in Tomohon are Christian. Christianity plays an important role in all aspects of life. The Christians are diligent churchgoers. Mostly are Calvinist Protestants, members of Gereja Masehi Injili di Minahasa (abbreviated as GMIM). Instead, the synod of the churches that spread over the Minahasa region is in Tomohon. Christianity has been developing in the area ever since the time of Dutch colonization. Every village in Tomohon has a church from this denomination. The oldest one is GMIM Pniel Kakaskasen 2.
Besides the Calvinists, there is also a Catholic congregation, which is the second biggest in Tomohon. Several parishes exist in Tomohon. The big ones are St. Fransiskus Xaverius in Kakaskasen and St. Joseph. In Kakaskasen, there is a Monastery called Biara Bukit Karmel or Karmel Monastery. There are also other congregations from other denominations such as Pentecostal, Adventist, and several minor denominations. Every village from north to south and east to west has luxurious churches (or at least luxe for its congregation). And also, one village would normally have more than one building according to the number of the denominations. That is one reason you will see a church every several hundred meters.
During holiday times, the people will decorate their houses, the lanes, the streets and so on with special themes. For example, during Christmas and New Year Christmas ornaments can be easily found anywhere in town. In several corners and intersections or in front of the church, a big white candle would stand up illuminating the lightless surrounding or a big decorated Christmas tree. Christmas musics starts playing as soon as September. They normally say “the months end in ‘-ber’ are Christmas.” During 1st – 24th December, the smell of Christmas cookies usually fill the air. The standard Christmas cookies in Tomohon such as nastar, kastengels, rambutan, biji-biji, sultana, snow white, kacang koek, corn flakes, and so on. The names of Christmas cookies are varied too. Christmas season would normally end with together with New Year on January 31st. During December, there would always be celebration they called it pre-christmas. In one month, a person could attend more than 10 pre-Christmas celebrations, for example pre-Christmas of the office, of the church, of the neighborhood, the school, the relative, family, youth organization, woman organization, from NGO, Sunday schools and so on. All the celebrations will end in a certain day called “kuncikan”, literally means closing day.
- Chinese’s Holiday
The Chinese in Tomohon also still maintain their tradition of celebrating Chinese New Year and the biggest festival is on the 15th day after New Year, called Cap Go Meh. There will be a procession of calling the spirits of the Chinese Gods or Goddesses to possess mortal human bodies and they will be carried on sedan chairs from the temple around downtown to bestow their blessings on its believers. In this procession, the possessed mortal will perform magical things such as piercing his own cheek with some solid and sharp stick without from one to the other side without any bleeding out, a sword carrier will hit his own back with a very sharp sword without injuring himself, the other will cut his own tongue without injuring himself as well. This procession usually attracts attention of the whole town.
- Islamic Holiday
Islam believers, although, a few, but they still have number in Tomohon. There is a special community in Southern Tomohon, they lived in a village called Kampung Jawa, literally means Javanese Village. Idul Fitri and the Month of Ramadhan are also celebrated here. However, there is not special procession for the holidays like at the other cities in Indonesia but praying in the open field on the day of Idul Fitri.
Tomohon is one of Minahasa Tribe region. Therefore, the Tomohoners are Minahasans. However, Minahasa Tribe is divided into several sub tribes, Tomohon belongs to a sub tribe called Tombulu. Pakasaan Tombulu spreads from Tombuluan in the east of Pineleng and Tombariri in the west and from Tomohon in the south to Manado in the north. Pakasaan Tombulu speaks Tombulu Language, Manado Malay, and Bahasa Indonesia. It is believed that Tomohon is the center of Pakasaan Tombulu. Pakasaan Tombulu in Tomohon, especially those who live in the region of Kakaskasen have special customs that are still maintained up until today.
- Bakerah Tradition
This is a tradition of steam bath to a woman in several weeks after giving birth to a child. This is a traditional body cleansing process. The process of bakerah will be started by a special woman who has ability to arrange the process. She will boil a pail of water and while in the process, she will also put several special herbs such as leaves of agati tree (sesbania grandiflora) or leaves of hummingbird tree, lemon grass (cymbopogon nardus), kajuputih oil, and several other herbs into the boiling water. After the water boils, she will prepare a bucket or pail and pour the water and the herbs inside the container. The new mother will be asked to sit on a special chair that the bucket is placed under. She will be sitting and having a steam bath for around one hour. She will repeat the process for 7 days in a row.
This is a tradition of working together on the farm. A long time ago when modern technology for cultivation was still a dream, people in the highlands of Minahasa, especially in Tomohon, created a system of working the land together, called mapalus. Mapalus is a group of male and female farmers who are associated in a system, bound on their own or by village regulations to cultivate their farm lands. The farmers usually were divided into a timer and the workers. The timer’s function is to watch the time while working, carry the drum and hit the drum or another instrument called a tetengkoren. The process starts at dawn, around 04:30, with the sound of the drum. As the timer hits the drums in a special pattern, the other members of the group come at the appointed time to a house of one member, the intersection, street corner or any other place where they are meeting. Then, guided by the drum carrier, they go to one member’s farm. They work as the sun rises. While working, the workers usually sing songs, either together or responsorily.
This is a first or second Sunday of mourn after funeral. Kumawus derives from kawus means finish. I kawus ola, means just finish it, which means the mourn shall be finished. Kumawus means an activity to finish the mourning and all things or issues regarding to the late person. The other point also is that the left family will not have any more customs debt of those who have gone. Also with kumawus, the family was relieved, comforted and strengthened through meetings, fellowship with even more devotions.
The name of this activity at first was ‘muntep remdem’ or ‘Maso Itang’ the meaning ‘enter in black’. The point is the family by wearing black clothing entered the worship in the church at 09.00. Another custom in Kumawus is the people will eat on the table covered with banana leaves by hands.
Tomohon is reachable from any place in Indonesia. The nearest airport is in Manado about 33 km and can be reach in 1 hour via Ring road or 1,5 hour via Manado. There are many airlines destination in this airport are from Jakarta, Makassar, Bali, Gorontalo, Tahuna, Ternate, Sorong, Singapore, Balikpapan and several other minor cities. The airlines with route to Sam Ratulangi airport are Garuda Indonesia, Silk Air, Lion Air, Batavia Air, Sriwijawa Air, Merpati Air, Wings Air, and several chartered air lines.
Travel by ship/cruise to Tomohon
Tomohon is also reachable by ship and the nearest harbor is Manado harbor for provincial area, and Bitung Harbor national and international service. There are several ship route by PELNI harboring at Bitung Harbor.
1. KM. DOBONSOLO
MAKASSAR (South Sulawesi) – BAUBAU (South East Sulawesi) – BITUNG (North Sulawesi) – SORONG (Irian Jaya) – MANOKWARI (PAPUA) – JAYAPURA (PAPUA)
2. KM. LAMBELU
MAKASSAR (South Sulawesi) – BAUBAU (Buton Island, S.E Sulawesi) – AMBON (Maluku) – NAMLEA (Maluku) – TERNATE N.Maluku) – BITUNG (North Sulawesi)
3. KM. DOROLONDA
BALIKPAPAN (East Kalimantan) – PANTOLAN (Central Sulawesi) – BITUNG (North Sulawesi) – TERNATE (North Maluku) – SORONG (Irian Jaya) – MONOKOWARI (West Papua) – NABIRE (West Papua) – SERUI (West Papua) – JAYAPURA (West Papua)
4. KM. TILONGKABILA
BENOA (Bali) – LEMBAR (Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara) – BIMA (West Nusa Tenggara) – LABUAN BAJO (Flores, East Nusa Tenggara – MAKASSAR (South Sulawesi) – BAUBAU (Buton Island, S.E Sulawesi) – RAHA (Muna Island, S.E Sulawesi) – BITUNG (North Sulawesi)
Tomohon is reachable also by BUS or Car from cities in Sulawesi or Celebes Island such as Makassar, Pare-Pare, Tana Toraja, Poso, Tentena, Palu, Toli-Toli, Ampana, Gorontalo, Bitung, Kotamobagu, Manado and other minor cities.
Bus Terminals to Tomohon is from Tondano, Kawangkoan, and Manado and destined to Terminal Beriman, Tomohon.
- Rental Car
Get a rental car direct from the airport on arrival. Cost around Rp. 500,000 per day Included Driver, or Self Drive approximately Rp.300,000.- per day, can be used for around minahasa. For Central Information tel +62 852-4022-0620 or +62 431-892-979
- Bluebird Taxi (Bluebird) (Manado to Tomohon, Airport to Tomohon and other areas). Rp.100.000.
- Mikrolet Tomohon Tondano (AB), Terminal Tondano (Tondano-Tomohon-Tondano). 06.00-20.00. Rp. 4.000,-.
- Mikrolet Tomohon Sonder (AC), Terminal Sonder (Sonder-Tomohon-Sonder). 07.00-19.00. Rp. 3.500,-.
- Mikrolet Tomohon Tanawangko (AF), Terminal Tanawangko (Tanawangko-Tomohon-Tanawangko). 07.00-15.00. Rp.6.000,-.
- Bus Tomohon Manado, Terminal Karombasan, Manado – Terminal Beriman Tomohon (Manado-Tomohon-Manado). 05.00-20.00. Rp. 6.000.
- By mikrolet
There are several ways to get around Tomohon area. The first one is by Mikrolet. Mikrolet is the light blue Mitsubishi Colts and can be found everywhere with various destinations. They operate on set routes with established fares but also can be chartered when it is empty. The passenger seats in a Mikrolet face forward with maximum 9 passengers. Some mikrolets are fully furnished with a small LCD TV, CD Player or music player, comfortable seats and so on. All regular routes begin and end in the main terminal called Terminal Beriman.
- By cart
Bendi is a local name for horse cart and can be a second option to go around Tomohon. Just like Mikrolet, Bendi also operates on set limited routes. Only from downtown to Areas such as Matani, Walian, Kamasi, and Kolongan. This bendi is the old transportation along with cow cart called Roda Sapi. While bendi served for public transportation in town, roda sapi served the route to the farm or rice fields. Nowadays, the fare for a trip by Bendi is Rp. 5.000 per person (as of Oct 2018) and can be chartered up into 4 hours to go around downtown Tomohon.
- By ojek
Ojek is an Indonesian term for Public Motorbike. The fares are various depend on the distance of a particular destination but it usually starts from Rp. 3.000 until Rp. 20.000. This Ojek can also be chartered daily. The chartered fare is around Rp. 50.000 / per day without Fuel. By ojek, we can reach the places unreachable by Mikrolet or Bendi, even by Rental cars.
- By taxi
Daily in front of Bethesda Hospital, at downtown, you can find many cars lining up. They are called black taxi or Rental Cars. The cars can be hired daily, weekly, monthly and even annually. The rate is various between Rp. 250.000,- up to Rp. 500.000/day. The service can be include driver and fuel or without them as well.
Out of Town
You also can reach other destination in Main Land of North Sulawesi from Tomohon.
- To Tangkoko National Park, in Bitung (Via Tondano or Manado), ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Starts from 8AM. Tangkoko National Park is reachable from Tomohon also. It is two hours driving by rental car. You can ask the service from hotel but also from the address mentioned in the listing. €35 – €40/day (max 8 hours).
- Lake Tondano, Rental Car Service | Kakaskasen – Tomohon Utara (Via Kawangkoan and Langowan). Lake Tondano is more or less 15 km from Tomohon. To reach the lake, someone can hire a motorbike starting from Rp. 50.000 – Rp. 75.000 a day, or chartered a Mikrolet about Rp. 125.000 – Rp. 150.000 a day, or if preferred extra privacy and comfortable someone can rent a car for Rp. Rp. 250.000 – Rp.350.000 a day. You can call the phone number above or send text message for more information.
- Mt. Soputan (Gunung Soputan), Tombatu (Via Langowan), ✉ email@example.com. Start from 8AM. Mt. Soputan is also reachable from Tomohon, it is about 2 hours of driving to the southern area of Minahasa. If you are interested to go to Mt. Soputan you have to plan the trip very carefully. It is better to hire a guide who know the area very well. Mt. Soputan is one of the most active volcano in the region, even in Indonesia. € 50 per pax.
- Bentenan Beach.
- Nimanga River.
- Bukit Kasih (Hill of Love), in Kawangkoan.
- Batu Pinabetengan.
As a cool highland, Tomohon has some very pleasant hiking and walking.
- Lake Linow (Danau Linow)
- Mt. Mahawu (Gunung Mahawu)
- Mt. Lokon
- Mt. Masarang
- Tomohon Market (Pasar Beriman): Comprises of the Traditional Market, Fresh Market Extreme Market (this is where they sell various exotic meat such as dogs, bats, snakes). It is called “extreme” for a reason. If customer buys an animal alive, it will get slaughtered on the spot. Not for the faint-hearted. Come in the morning before 8am if you want to see the Extreme Market. It gets quiet after 10am.
- Tintingon Hill
- Tumimperas Waterfall
- Wawo Hill
- Knockdown House Industry
- Ancient Site and Amphitheater Woloan
- Tinoor View Point and Tinoor Waterfall
- Inspiration Hill (Bukit Inspirasi)
- Temboan Hill, Rurukan
- Geothermal Lahendong
- Palm Sugar Industry
- Pagoda and Buddhayana Temple
- Sony Art Gallery (Painting Gallery)
- Bukit Doa Mahawu (Jalan Salib Mahawu), Jl. Lingkar Timur, Kakaskasen Dua. A quiet area made for Christian pilgrim. It has ‘Via Dolorosa’ at Mahawu (Jalan Salib Mahawu) to remember the sacrifice of Jesus until He died on the cross. . Inside the area is a Chapel of Virgin Mary, amphitheater Mahawu and man made grotto. All welcome Rp.2500 per person. (updated Oct 2018)
- Buddhayana Monastery, Sunge, Kakaskasen tiga. a Buddhist religious and meditation complex. Chinese culture preserved in architecture of statues, Kwan Im goddess palace and pagoda. Religious service every Sunday 15.30. Free.
- 1.339082124.8351231 Sightseeing Around Tomohon, Flowers Lane Vacation | Jl. Kel. Tangkawarow No. 2 Kakaskasen. 08.00. When you stays in one of the resorts in Tomohon, having nothing to do, one of the option is go around Tomohon. FLV can arrange your sightseeing trip. starts from USD 30 / per pax.
- 1.339082124.8351232 Bird Watching, Flowers Lane Vacation (Jl. Kel. Tangkawarow. No. 2 Kakakaskasen). 05.00 – finish. There are several and special as well as incredible birds can be found in Mt. Mahawu and Mt. Lokon in Tomohon as well as the other part of North Sulawesi such as Rufus Bellied Eagle; Brown Cuckoo Dove; Mountain White Eye; Dark Fronted White Eye; Scarlet Honey-eater; Crimson Crowned Flowerpecker; Sulawesi Spotted Goshawk; Sulawesi Serpent Eagle; Bay Coucal; Yellow Bellied Malkoha; Superb Fruit Dove; Citrine Flycatcher; Streaky Headed White Eye; Grey Sided Flowerpecker; Island Verditer; Sulawesi Dwarf Woodpecker; Mountain Tailorbird; White Browed Crake; Cinnamon Bittern; Scaly Breasted Munia; Cinnamon Munia; Little Egret; Wandering Whistling Duck; Ziting Cisticola; Lesser Coucal; Glamorous Reed Warbler; Javan Pond Heron; Black Kite; Bhraminy Kite; Blue Breasted Quail. Start from USD 30 / person.
- 1.339082124.8351233 Horse Riding, Flowers Lane Vacation (Jl. Kel. Tangkawarow. No. 2 Kakakaskasen). 9AM – 2PM. There is a very interesting activity can be done in Tomohon, Horse Riding. The 4 hours trip is to Wawo hill. Start from US$40.
- 1.325153124.8378011 Grand Central Supermarket, Jl. Raya Tomohon. 9 AM – 9 PM. The first supermarket in Tomohon, very close to Bethesda Hospital. Selling many kinds of daily needs as well as fashion, computer, multimedia and so on. (updated Mar 2018)
- Cool Supermarket, Jl. Raya Tomohon, Walian – Tomohon Selatan. 9AM – 9PM. Very nice Supermarket in Southern Tomohon. Selling many kinds of daily needs such as vegetables, herbs, fruits and the other stuffs as well as fashion, books, mechanical tools.
- Century Supermarket, Jl. Raya Tomohon.
- 1.315055124.8385042 Multi Mart Tomohon. a popular supermarket chain with restaurants and arcade on the upper floor. (updated Oct 2018)
- 1.326618124.8455013 Pasar Beriman Tomohon (Tomohon Market), Pasar Tomohon (besides the Bus Station). 05.00 AM – 02.00 PM. Sell various kinds of vegetables, meat, spices, herbs, fish, meats, fruits, flowers, clothes. Comprises of the Fresh Market, Traditional Market, and Extreme Market (where they sell various exotic meat such as dogs, bats, snakes) (updated Mar 2018)
- Gecko Art, Jl. Raya Tomohon, Kinilow (near by the intersection to Onong Palace and Highland Resort). 09.00 AM – 05.00 PM. This is one of the souvenir shops in Tomohon. Various kinds of souvenirs are displayed in this small shops. Travelers can choose according to their preferences. Rp. 20.000 + / Items.
- BLPT Kaaten, Jl. Raya Tomohon Tondano, Kaaten (Beside the road to Tondano). 9AM – 3PM. Locates in Kaaten, Matani 1 – Central Tomohon, BLPT is a coconut wood and arenga palm production. They make various kinds of furniture such as tables, chairs, desk, cupboards, beds and small items like toys, and also knockdown houses from coconut wood. Rp. 20.000 – Rp. 500 million / Item.
Tomohon is very famous for Minahasan cuisine. Minahasan food or Manadonese food is usually very spicy. Among Indonesian Cuisine, Minahasan Cuisine is one of the spiciest cuisines. Traveler must pay attention to what they are asking in the restaurant. If you are not accustomed to spicy food, you will have to communicate with the waiter or waitress.
Check out the Tomohon Culinary Center (Pusat Kuliner Tomohon) at Jalan Nusantara, about 12 minutes’ walk away from the Tomohon Market.
- Sup Ubi / Bete – is a very tasty home-cooking for appetizer. It’s made by Xanthosoma root with edible hibiscus leaves and or Water Spinach leaves.
- Braunebonen – literally red bean soup. Cooked either with cow bones or pig legs with herbs such as clove, nutmeg, white pepper. The minahasan likes to eat this together with rice.
- Sup Kacang Ijo – literally green bean soup. The preparation is very similar with braunebonen.
- Kua Asam / Kua trang – Sour soup or Clear Soup. The local people has a riddle about this food. “Salt from the sea and Sour from the Mountains meets together in a pan, what is that?” – and the answer is Sour Soup, because it’s made by several herbs such as spring onion, lemon leaves, lemon basil, tomatoes, a little bit chilli, red ginger and fish with little bit salt and lime. Very tasty.
- Sup kentang – Potato Soup cooked in Pasta such as macaroni or rice vermicelli.
- Tinorangsak, pork cooked with herbs such as spring onion, lemon leaves, lemon grass, chilli, and other kinds of herbs; it is cooked in bamboo. Several prepare it using frying pan.
- RW /err weh/, dog meat cooked with chilli, lemon grass, lemon leaves, spring onion and other kinds of herbs. “RW” stands for “Rintek Wu’uk” in the Minahasan dialect, which translates to “fine hair”, a euphemism for dog meat.
- Paniki, bat cooked in coconut milk with spicy herbs.
- Paku Popaya Bulu, Vegetables of Edible Fern and Papaya leaves (sometimes with flowers too), cooked in bamboo with spices and herbs. Some people likes to add the salty pork fat.
- Ayam Bulu, Chicken cooked in bamboo.
- Ayam Bumbu RW, Chicken cooked with spices for RW.
- Bebek Bumbu RW, Duck cooked with spices for RW.
- Ragey, a chunky pork satay marinated with spices.
- Bebek Bulu, Duck cooked in bamboo.
- Ayam Garo, literally means scratching chicken, because the preparation is a fast mixing of the herbs and spices on the frying pan similar to scratching it. This food is categorized to spicy food because of the amount of chilli.
- Babi Garo, literally means scratching pork, the process is similar to Ayam Garo.
- Babi Tore, literally means crisp pork.
- Kapala Babi, literally means Pig Head. It is pig head boiled in spiced soup.
- Acar, made of young bamboo, carrots, cucumber, peanut, herbs and other spices such as turmeric and onion.
- Ikan Woku Blanga, any fish cooked in Main Minahasan Spices: chilli, turmeric, ginger, lemon grass, lemon leaves, lime, candle nut, lemon basil, turmeric leaf. It’s called blanga because it’s prepared by using frying pan.
- Ikan Woku Daong, any fish cooked in Main Minahasan Spices: chilli, turmeric, ginger, lemon grass, lemon leaves, lime, candle nut, lemon basil, turmeric leaf. It’s called daong because it’s prepared by using palm leaves called woka.
- Ikan Woku Kring, any fish cooked in Main Minahasan Spices: chilli, turmeric, ginger, lemon grass, lemon leaves, lime, candle nut, lemon basil, turmeric leaf. It’s called kring because it’s prepared with less of water and when it’s cooked, we can barely see any soup in it.
- Rica Rodo, made of corn, aubergine (egg plant), long bean with spicy herbs, chilli, and smoked fish.
- Sayor Pusu’ made of fluorescent or banana heart, cooked with entrails of animals, normally chicken or pork, such as intestine, heart, and liver.
and so on.
- Buah segar – literally fresh fruit, it is prepared from various kind of fruits but mainly papaya, apple, avocado, pudding or gel, young coconut, rambutan, longan, and soursop in syrupy and milky water.
- es braunebon – red bean ice, prepared from red bean cooked in traditional made of palm sugar and then later mixed with blended ice and sweetened condensed milk.
- Es Kacang Susu – Milk and Peanut Ice, prepared from peanut and served like red bean ice.
- Gohu – prepared from chopping papaya with spicy syrup containing red ginger, chilli, vinegar (palm vinegar is better), sugar (brown sugar is better), onion. The local likes to add more chilli.
- Klapertaart – literally coconut tart, prepared from young coconut mixed with milk, eggs, maize flavor, sugar and raisin and frozen in the fridge.
- Kukis Kalapa, literally means Coconut Cookie, made of unripe coconut, rice flavor and brown sugar.
- Binyolos, made of sweet potato and brown sugar.
- Onde-Onde, made of rice flavor and brown sugar, after cooked it is rolled on grated coconut. It is good to have it while it’s still warm but be careful not to eat it while it’s still fresh from the boiling pan. It can be very tricky that the outside could be cool while the inside is killing hot. The other variant is Onde-Onde Pulo, the difference between this two are the type of the rice. Onde-onde Pulo is made by sticky rice flavor.
- Cucur, made of rice flavor and brown sugar, some people put anise or aniseed.
Curut, Apang, Apang Coe, Apang Polote, Nasi Jaha, Dodol, Bobengka, Ongol-Ongol, Geto’, Gabin Fla, Biapong, etc.
- 1.317759124.8382821 Gloria. The best pig ribs in town. A full meal of white rice, 3 pig ribs (costellata), braunebonen (red beans) soup and vegetable only cost Rp 15.000 (US$ 1.5)
- 1.304904124.8325212 Kobong Cafe, Jl. Raya Tomohon.
- 1.325047124.8384483 Kit Sang Restaurant, Jl. Raya Tomohon.
- 1.330249124.8391084 Restaurant Sineleyan, Jl. Raya Tomohon.
- Risoma Restaruant (Restoran Risoma), Jl. Raya Tomohon – Manado, Tinoor (On the way to Manado). 11AM – 9PM. The best Minahasan Cuisine. It locates out of town and unfortunately the restaurant is hard to achieve just by microlet service. The menu includes Pangi, Acar, Tinorangsak (pork cooked in Bambu), RW (dogmeat), Paniki (Fruit Bat meat), Braunebonen (Red bean soup), Sayor pait (bitter vegetable) and many more. Rp. 20.000 / Person.
- 1.38573124.8337815 Heng Mien Restaurant (Restoran Heng Mien), Jl. Raya Tomohon Manado, Tinoor (On the way to Manado). 10AM – 10PM. The famous Minahasan Cuisine Restaurant in town. Unfortunaley, this restaurant also locates out of town on the road to Manado. The menu are almost all the famous of the Minahasan cuisine such as RW, Paniki, Pangi, Sayor Pait, Acar, and so on. To get here, you can charter a mikrolet the fare starts from Rp. 75.000 per trip, or ask the hotel to arrange the Dinner here. Rp. 20.000 / Person. (updated Mar 2018)
Cap Tikus and Saguer are two kinds of famous drink in Tomohon. Cap Tikus is distilled beverage from Zap. While Saguer is the Zap harvested from palm tree. Saguer has several tastes that are sweet, sour, bitter, sweet and sour, sweet and bitter, bitter and sour, all the tastes comes out depend on the technique of the farmers harvesting the zap.
There is also a certain kind of drink called Sukur, made of red ginger cooked with traditionally made of brown sugar in a clay pot. This drink is very good for health. Often time used when somebody get cold or cough.
Where to stay in Tomohon
- Gardenia Country Inn Tomohon. About 30 minutes from downtown Manado, this countryside inn has bungalows, chalets, and standard rooms. Rates start at $88 for a single bed in the chalet, including free breakfast, welcome drink, a fruit basket, mineral water, tea and coffee in your room, afternoon tea and coffee with traditional snacks, and free Wi-Fi. It has a garden with fishponds, tropical flowers and plants, along with unique birds and butterflies give it the feel of an environmental sanctuary. In another part of the garden, you will find different organic crops like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, tropical exotic fruits, and local herbs like basil, chilies, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric and so on which is used by the kitchen there.
- 1.368756124.8335321 Highland Resort Tomohon (Highland Resort and Spa), Kinilow Jaga VI, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 12.00, check-out: 14.00. Right outside of town and a 400-meter walk from the main road. There are five types of rooms: Standard, Superior, Deluxe, Highland Suite and Highland Grand Suite. All have private bathrooms with hot and cold water showers. Other amenities that are provided for your comfort in all our rooms are satellite TVs and large, comfortable beds. Free Internet. Tour arrangement from highland tour to volcano trekking and whitewater rafting. From IDR 340,000.
- Mountain View Homestay, Jl. Raya Tomohon, Walian Tomohon Selatan (In front of Cool Supermarket). It locates fifteen minutes ride on a public Microlet from Terminal Beriman Tomohon, and in front of Cool Supermarket. The homestay or inn have hot and cold shower. Mobile contact +62 81340363553 Rp.100.000 – Rp.175.000.
- Onong Palace, Kinilow. A ten minute walk from the Highland Resort. The bungalows are spaced further apart from each other than the Highland Resort and are also quite new. 250,000 Rp. per night (updated Mar 2018)
- Volcano Resort. Five minute ride on a public mikrolet from the Terminal, and a 5 minute walk off the main street. Or you can charter a mikrolet for about 15,000 Rp. Wooden bungalows with attached cold showers cost 200,000 Rp per night. Economy double rooms are 100,000Rp. Includes breakfast. 100,000-200,000.
- 1.3699124.83432 Mountain View Resort & Spa (Mountain View Resort & Resto), Jalan Kali-Kinilow, Lingkungan VI, Tomohon Utara 95362 (from Manado 30 minutes by car), ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 13.00, check-out: 12.00. This mountain resort features 12 traditional bungalows: double and twin bed, bathroom with western toilet, hot water shower and terrace. Flat screen television, free WiFi and mineral water. Own Spa with several wellness treatments. The restaurant serves specialties from the Minahasa Highland as well as Indonesian, Chinese and western dishes. Try the home made Mountain View Grog. They offer an early bird breakfast if you have a morning flight to your next destination. The resort is run by German management and offers a wide range of tours into the area as well as rafting and kayaking trips, caving, volcano trekking, waterfall tours, horseback riding, mountain biking, birding, cooking classes. .. From Rp. 375.000. (updated Mar 2015)
There are daily flight from Manado to several cities in Indonesia, and several days a week of Silk Air from Singapore. And Tomohon is only 33 km from the Sam Ratulangi International Airport, if you need a flight 1.5 hour from the check in time is the best time to go.
- Terminal Malalayang to go to Gorontalo, Palu, Poso, Makassar. Manado harbor to Bunaken, Siladen, Sangihe, Talaud.
- Sam Ratulangi International Airport to Jakarta, Bali, Makassar, Singapore, Balikpapan, Raja Ampat, Ternate
- Bitung Via Tondano or Manado and to Bitung Harbor and Lembeh Island
- Bitung Harbo for travel by ship to Eastern Indonesia such as Maluku and Papua, also to Central Sulawesi and South East Sulawesi
- Tangkoko National Park
Pontianak | Covid-19 Travel Restrictions | Lockdown | Coronavirus Outbreak
Pontianak is the capital of the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo, and bisected by the Equator. The city is mostly populated by ethnic Chinese, Dayaks and Malays, as well as significant numbers of minorities such as Bugis and Javanese. Understand History of Pontianak The word pontianak — probably from bunting […]
Pontianak is the capital of the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo, and bisected by the Equator. The city is mostly populated by ethnic Chinese, Dayaks and Malays, as well as significant numbers of minorities such as Bugis and Javanese.
History of Pontianak
The word pontianak — probably from bunting anak, “pregnant with child” — means the undead vampire of a woman who died while during childbirth. Disguised as a beautiful woman, the pontianak goes around murdering unwary men, harming pregnant woman and eating babies, but they can be controlled by plunging a nail into a hole in the back of their neck.
According to legend, when Abdurrahman Alqadrie’s group arrived in the uninhabited area of Pontianak, it was haunted by pontianaks/kuntilanaks, which deterred many of his companions by their scary voices at night. To sweep these ghosts away, Alqadrie ordered his men to fire their cannons to the forest which was believed to be their base. Afterwards, no more pontianak’s voice was ever heard.
In 1771, Abdurrahman Alqadrie cut down the forest which was at the crossing between Kapuas and Landak river, then settled there. He was awarded the title Sultan. Under his leadership, he succeeded in attracting many traders, most of them ethnic Malays, and some Dayaks from the upstream parts of the Kapuas River.
Following the civil war and widespread poverty in China at the end of the 19th century, many Chinese migrated to Indonesia, and some settled in Pontianak due to its strategic location for trading. This later added Chinese culture to the history of Pontianak. Chinese in Pontianak are mainly of Teochew, Hakka, and Cantonese descent.
In the early part of the 19th century, the Dutch occupied Pontianak and the rest of West Kalimantan’s cities as part of its colonial campaign. Pontianak was occupied to become a trading post in order to gain rich natural resources, mainly rubber and wood, from upstream Kapuas River. Resistance by both ethnic Malays and Dayaks continued sporadically and this forced the Dutch colonial armed forces to frequently request reinforcements from Batavia/Jakarta.
Dutch occupation ended in 1941 during World War II when Japanese Imperial forces overran Dutch bases from the north. These bases were not able to deploy sufficient numbers of soldiers in order to defend the strategic island of Java. During the Japanese occupation, tens of thousands of civilians and intellectuals were massacred, mainly those who refused to recognise the emperor of Japan.
When the Japanese retreated, the Dutch under the Allied Forces umbrella re-entered West Kalimantan. Their colonial government over Pontianak ended a few years later after a series of diplomatic missions and local resistance which also freed the other Indonesian territories at the same time.
You may find that Pontianakians of each ethnicity tend to live homogeneously. For example, areas along Jalan Gajahmada are overwhelmingly Chinese whereas Sungai Jawi in the suburb are settled mostly by ethnic Malays. Intermarriage is not common, especially between ethnic Chinese and the indigenous people (Dayaks, Malays, Javanese, Madurese, etc.) But that’s not to say these people like to fight against each other. Visit a restaurant somewhere in the middle of Pontianak and you might find both Chinese and Dayaks chatting hilariously with each other.
The locals of Pontianakians are mostly easygoing, at least compared to those of other metropolitan cities such as Jakarta and Surabaya. Their tone of speaking may not as soft as the Jogjanese, but if you try to blend yourself with them you will almost definitely be reciprocated.
Bus trip to Pontianak can be arranged from Kuching in neighboring Malaysia. A trip from Kuching to Pontianak or vice versa will last at least 8 hours which will pass the border area of Entikong. Some of the bus providers serving this route are Damri, SJS and Biaramas Express (www.mybus.com.my). The fares for the trip ranges from RM45 to RM75. Click Pontianak to Kuching for travel itinerary on this route. A bus trip to Brunei is also available. There is also a bus available from Pangkalan Bun. It takes around 14 hours and costs ~450,000 (2018/01).
- x-0.150556109.4038891 Supadio Airport. There are very frequent flights from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport operated by all major Indonesian airlines. In addition, there are flights from many other major Indonesian cities, including Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Medan, and Batam, and the larger cities of Kalimantan such as Balikpapan and Banjarmasin. XpressAir operates international flights to Kuching, and AirAsia to Kuala Lumpur.
To get to or from the airport, DAMRI runs hourly bus service to the city centre for IDR35,000. The easiest spot to catch the bus in the city is at the DAMRI office at Jl. Pahlawan 232, Pontianak (phone +62 561 744859). For taxis, coupons at a fixed price of Rp70,000 are sold.
There are Damri Bus from Supadio Airport to Singkawang and Sambas for Rp 100,000/person.
While being the cheapest inter-island transportation mean, it is recommended only for travellers to board on a ship to Pontianak. Tourists would do better to fly instead. The tide in Java Sea is unstable, which may make you feel sick on board, if you are not used to high tide. A trip will spend 12-18 hours to/from Jakarta. Contact nearest travel agent to conduct your trip.
Pontianak can be reached by car from Kuching in 6-8 hours, although the road is not in very good shape. See Pontianak to Kuching for a detailed itinerary.
The most convenient way to explore Pontianak is either by taxi or rented car. The entire Pontianak is integrated by road link, parts of which are not well maintained. There are also plenty of cheap (Rp2,000) public buses but sometimes it can be kind of adventure to use them since the buses are not well marked, drivers and most of the locals do not speak English and the orientation is difficult. Also there are boats crossing the river and this is in general the most convenient and the cheapest (Rp1,000) way to get in to the other side.
- Kebun Binatang Pontianak (Pontianak Zoo), Jl. Adi Sucipto, a reconditioned zoo with a reasonable variety of animals from the jungles of Borneo and from some parts of Indonesia. Some of the collection, including some orangutans, were said to had been freed from illegal ownership by an Italian lumber mill owner.
- Tugu Khatulistiwa (Equatorial Obelisk), built directly under the 0 degrees equator line. It is 11 km from the city centre and is comparably easily and quickly reachable by public buses (Rp2,000). There you can learn lots of interesting facts about the equator and to see how unique is Pontianak, one of the few cities in the world situated exactly on the equator line. There are friendly English-speaking staff and a sоuvenir shop, actually maybe the only one in Pontianak.
- Sungai Kapuas (Kapuas River) divides Pontianak into two different sides. Get a boat ride along the river about five or six o’clock local time and you will see amazing views along this river. The locals who live along this river taking a bath in this river during these hours throughout the year. A unique tradition that should not be missed.
- During the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, there is a Meriam Karbit festival that is well worth visiting.
Equatorial souvenirs from the Equatorial Obelisk sоuvenir shop, as well as, cheap textile and many craftwork items as everywhere in Indonesia.
Pontianak is quite popular among domestic tourists due to its wide range of food with strong cultural touch, most notably the Chinese. There are plenty of eating options for the culinary adventurers, from street hawker food to local restaurant culinary to internationally franchised fast food.
- Street hawker food, where you can taste the local delicacy such as Beef Rice Noodle & Beehoon (fried, with soup, dried), Seafood Noodle (with soup & dried), Nasi Goreng (fried rice with chicken, beef), Nasi Uduk, Kwe Kia Theng (Teochew phrase, rice noodle in soya sauce soup with pork and intestines (optional), Bakso (fish or beef ball soup), Sate (chicken or beef satay), Kari Peng (Teochew phrase meaning curry rice), Koi Peng (Teochew phrase literary “chicken rice”, but content also include pork, cucumber, etc. also known as “Nasi Campur” or mixed rice), Martabak, Kue Terang Bulan, Otak-otak, Pempek, Tui Jiu He (Teochew phrase literary “beaten cuttlefish”, dried cuttlefish are beaten until tender and flossy, woodfired until cooked, then served with belacan sauce, best to have it with friends and beer), Sio Bi (also known as Siomay, made of pork served in soya sauce with the options of chilli and mustard), Siomay Bandung (fish cake, beancurd, potato, vegetable, egg served in peanut sauce, with the option of chilli and tomato), He Mue/Bubur Ikan (fish porridge), and many more. These street hawkers are usually found from dusk until 10PM – midnight, depending or business, but some operated from dawn to dusk or midnight. They are usually clustered around busy commercial streets such as the CBD: Jalan (Jl.) Gajahmada, Jl. Hijas, Jl. Setia Budi, Jl. Agus Salim, Jl. Diponegoro, Jl. Patimura, Jl. Nusa Indah 1, Jl. Tanjung Pura, Jl Siam or around the suburban such as Jawi (Jl. Merdeka, Jl. Hassanudin, Jl. Wahid Hasyim), Kotabaru (Jl. St. Abdurrahman), Purnama, Siantan, Sungai Raya Dalam and Sungai Raya. Price per meal ranging from Rp5000 to about Rp25,000.
- Satria Wangi Dining, Jl. Nusa Indah II No. 62. They have great local menu at very affordable price and average-English-speaking staff. The restaurant is centrally located. Its signature dishes such Ikan Gurame Terbang, Gulai Kepala Ikan, Ikan Jelawat Kukus, and have been featured and reviewed by many national TVs cooking show.
- Restoran Star, Jl. GajahMada. Pontianak cuisine
- Restoran Gajahmada, Jl. Gajahmada. Pontianak cuisine
- Restoran Hawaii, Jl. Nusa Indah 3. Pontianak cuisine
- Dangau, Jl. Arteri Supadio. Malay cuisine
- Italian Steak House, Jl. Nusa Indah 3.
- Sari Bento at Museum, Jl. Ahmad Yani. Japanese food
- Papyrus Restaurant at Gardenia Resort and Spa, Jl. A Yani (5 minutes from the airport). offers all-day dining with a selection of Asian, Western, and authentic Indonesian favourites. At open deck area, you can enjoy the views of the landscaped gardens while enjoying the chef’s specialities.
Nearly all Pontians, regardless of their ethnicities, speak Bahasa Indonesia, albeit it is slightly mixed with Malay accent close to that of neighbouring Malaysia. Most ethnic Chinese people at the southern bank of Kapuas river speak Teochew, and those at the northern bank speak mostly Hakka (called Khek by locals). Mandarin is spoken mostly by those aged 30 years old or above, but don’t be surprised if they mix it with Hakka or Teochew dialect as it is not very commonly spoken in town. English is mostly spoken by also the young locals, but is usually not mastered beyond some basic knowledge despite many English courses, so it would be wise to know some phrases of Bahasa Indonesia. Hiring an English-speaking guide could smooth your travel a lot.
Stay safe in Pontianak
Pickpockets and motorcycle thefts are quite common in town. Exercise necessary caution even when being in a shopping mall. Be careful when travelling in a public bus (called oplet) as somebody could threaten you with a knife to hand over your valuables. (This safety note is from March 2009 and might be outdated)
Where to stay in Pontianak
If you arrive by Pelni ferry late at night then it’s better option to sleep aboard until morning as there is usually a long layover at Pontianak.
- Hotel Wisma Patri, Pontianak. No air, no fan, no window and fairly mosquito-ridden with no insect spray available. Rp70,000.
- -0.0359109.334191 Ateng Guest House, Jl. Gajah Mada No. 201, Pontianak. Located in the centre of the city. All rooms are air conditioned and fairly clean. Breakfast included. Published rate is Rp130,000 single but compare price with Agoda. Travel agent is at the same location. Rp120,000 single. (updated Oct 2016)
- Hotel Sentral, Jl H.O.S. Cokroaminoto no 232 (Ten minutes walk from drop off point for most Kuching buses, turn right at traffic light.). Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Faded rooms. Staff friendly enough. All have AC and attached bathrooms. On a busy junction between two streets so window rooms will be slightly noisy, (but non window rooms are a bit musty). Travellers have reported overpricing and demands for security deposit from the staff here From Rp160,000.
- Gardenia Resort and Spa, Jl. A Yani II.
- Hotel Sentral, Jl. H.O.S. Cokroaminoto 232. Commercial Hotel
- Hotel Gajahmada, Jl. Gajahmada.
- Hotel Grand Mahkota.
- Hotel Peony, Jl. Gajahmada.
- Hotel Kapuas Palace, Jl. Imam Bonjol.
- Hotel Kini, Jl. Nusa Indah 3. Double from Rp400,000.
- Hotel Mercure, Jl. A. Yani.
- Hotel Orchardz, Jl. Gajahmada.
- Hotel Santika, Jl. Diponegoro. National Chain Hotel
- Star Hotel, Jl. Gajah Mada 189.
Telecommunications in Pontianak
Most national GSM and CDMA operators have their signal towers spread throughout the entirety of Pontianak, meaning that there should not be too many problems communicating around the town and the tariffs are also reasonable, at least for tourists coming from the West. Shops selling SIM cards and their top-ups are also in abundance, even in the outskirts of town, just like in other cities in Indonesia. Fixed line phones are also available everywhere. There are also few phone stalls (Warung Telkom) offering you phone call with a reasonable fare.
Internet cafe businesses are flourishing, but you’ll only find a few without distracting gamers like you might find in typical East Asian internet cafes. Don’t worry about the billing (that’s how the locals say). An hour of internet access will cost you Rp3,000-6,000. But don’t expect a speed-of-light one out of it, though. Many locals have internet access varying from snaily dial-up to ISDN (most notably Telkom Speedy) installed in their houses. GPRS and 3G access from your cellphone exists, but you will not necessarily find GPRS signal everywhere even in the middle of the city.
Consulates in Pontianak
- Malaysia Consulate, Jl. Sutan Syahrir No. 21.
Pontianak is the gateway for travellers wishing to travel deeper inland. Singkawang, another one of the most Chinese-influenced town is reachable by taxi. Kuching, which lies in the Malaysian part of the island, offers some modernity you wouldn’t find in the Indonesian part.
If you want to explore the rest of Kalimantan there is a bus heading East to Pangkalan Bun which leaves the Interstate Bus Station at 07:00, costing around 450,000 Rupiah as of 2018/01. It is however a long journey, expect arrival in the late evening in Pangkalan Bun.
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Tentena is a town in Central Sulawesi. Understand Beach at Lake Poso, near Tentena. Tentena sits on the road between Ampana and Rantepao, on the northern shore of Lake Poso. The town itself could be easily overlooked if it were not for the number of guides and locals recommending it as a better option than […]
Tentena is a town in Central Sulawesi.
Beach at Lake Poso, near Tentena.
Tentena sits on the road between Ampana and Rantepao, on the northern shore of Lake Poso. The town itself could be easily overlooked if it were not for the number of guides and locals recommending it as a better option than Poso for an overnight stop. The main street might be a little underwhelming, however the various warungs and homes build over the clear lake waters, and the surrounding rice fields give this charming little town a surpsising appeal. The community exists on two sides of the lake, connected by a busy concrete traffic bridge and a quieter, wooden foot bridge. The main side of the lake is the more commercial area, while the opposite site has a noticeably quieter and more homely feel.
Tentena is in North Pamona district in the regency of Poso, about 50 km south of regency capital Poso. The headquarters of the Central Sulawesi Christian Church are in Tentena.
The arrival point is the Bus Terminal – a simple drop-off point on the side of the road. From here its a 4km walk into the main areas of guesthouses and shops. A better option is to flag down a local Ojek (motorbike taxi) to take you and your luggage in for IDR 5,000.
If you are arriving from Rantepao, ‘tourist guides’ will be on hand to suggest accommodation options. They are likely to charge you double the normal rate for an ojek (motorbike taxi) ride; however the late arrival of the bus from Rantepao (anywhere between 8pm and 11pm depending on road conditions) IDR 15,000 – IDR 20,000 (as of Sep 2018).
- Ojeks (motorbikes) can take you to most local spots for around IDR 5,000
- Bemos (a minivan, Kijang [old model Toyota SUV], or minibus] can bring you around.
- Poso Lake: The major tourist attraction within Tentena, which has beautiful clear water, adjacent warungs (and some home-stays under construction) and a peaceful vibe. 2 parallel bridges exist to bring you back and forth. Its worth exploring the opposite side of the lake for guesthouses, homestays, and warungs (kiosk / eatery).
- Pamona Cave: Near the city center, on the West side, near the new bridge, off to a small road. You would need to squat down and crawl through. Remember to bring mosquito repellent.
- Saluopa Waterfall: By all accounts the Saluopa Waterfall -while a little tough to reach, about 12km- is one of the best available; notable for the lack of other tourists and businesses. There are approximately 10 drops, each of which you can bathe in. A nice relief from the heat of Sulawesi, and worth if considering if you have time.
- Lore Lindu National Park: Easier to be accessed from Poso, but it is possible to arranged a trip from Victory Hotel for IDR 2,000,000 (as of Sep 2018)
Try ‘Sigoli’, a freshwater eel from Lake Poso.
Where to stay in Tentena
- Victory Hotel a bit old, but has good, clean rooms in both budget (IDR 150,000 per person) and Deluxe (IDR 250,000 with TV and hot shower). All prices include breakfast. A good option for a single night. The hotel is excellent at booking trips and transportation for you (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Online Rock Cafe (under construction)
If you’re in town for a few nights, the opposite side (West side) is worth exploring for the peaceful atmosphere (away from the traffic and ‘bussle’) superior views of the lake and nearby farmlands, and good range of warungs (kiosk / eatery).
Telecommunications in Tentena
All connections in Tentena are made from the Bus Terminal, 4km out of town. Ojeks (motorbike taxi) are easily chartered to take you and your luggage to the Terminal for Rp 5,000.
To Rantepao: Bus connection (10-12 hours, Rp 170,000) (as of Sep 2018).
To Ampana: You need to take Ojeks (motorbike taxi) or Bemos to Tentena Bus Terminal to Poso (2 hours, IDR 40,000), and then transfer to Bus to Ampana (a further 4 hours from Poso, IDR 70,000) or another Bemos (IDR 80,000 – IDR 100,000) (as of Sep 2018). Taxis and private vehicles will hover by the Poso Bus station trying to convince you that the Bus is not available. Predictably, once it is apparent you intend to wait for the bus, the price of Taxis and Private vehicles will become more competitive (sometimes the same price as a bus seat). Private care can be arranged for IDR 800,000 – IDR 1,200,000 (as of Sep 2018).
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