Welcome to Juanda International Airport!
Said the air stewardess two hours after the plane took off from Changi Airport. Finally, we touched down in Surabaya! 🙂
All along A & O have always wanted to visit Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia, so when we saw cheap tickets to Surabaya during the National day weekend (SQ flight for only SGD 165!!), we decided to buy them immediately 😀
Tips about flying non-budget airlines
I’m not sure how many of you are aware of this, but if you booked a return ticket on a non-budget airlines, the tickets have to be used in sequence. For example, let’s say your have a return ticket from Singapore to Jakarta. If you missed the flight from Singapore to Jakarta, you will need to re-book with the SAME airline, or call the airline to inform them properly that you will still be taking the return flight from Jakarta to Singapore. Otherwise your inbound leg will be voided as well, i.e. you won’t be able use the Jakarta-Singapore ticket.
One of our friends actually missed his flight from Singapore to Surabaya, and on the day when we were supposed to fly back to Singapore he ran into problems with the ticket. The staff could not process his ticket because in the system, he was not on the outbound SIN-SUB flight and so his inbound flight was voided. So people, if you miss your flight, please remember to call your airline and ask them properly about what’s going to happen to your ticket.
Highlights of our East Java Trip
1. Watch Sunrise at Mount Bromo
If you are staying in Surabaya or Malang, get ready to wake up early (as early as 1AM) to catch the sunrise! The sun only rises at 05.30AM but it’s better to reach the sunrise viewpoint early and secure a good spot by the railings. Otherwise your view will be blocked by a sea of human beings all spouting selfie sticks.
There are two sunrise viewpoints. Viewpoint #1 is higher, which also means that you will get a better view. Naturally it is the more popular, but also more crowded, option. If you arrive a bit late, you won’t be able to reach Viewpoint #1 because there will already be too many people and your jeep won’t be able to get through. And anyway if you do not want to squeeze with other fellow humans then it’s probably safer to choose Viewpoint #2. Entrance fee to enter the area is about SGD 3.50 for Indonesians and about SGD 27 for foreigners.
2. Visit Batu Secret Zoo
Definitely a must visit place in Batu! Even our dear A, who does not like (read: absolutely has no love for) animals, thinks that this place is worth a visit.
The zoo is huge and there is a wide range of animals from all over the world. What’s even more surprising is the entrance fee is not expensive – SGD 7.50 for weekdays & SGD 10.50 on the weekends [plus 20% discount if you take certain flights to Indonesia]. Click here to find out more about their promotion 🙂
3. Explore restaurants and cafes in Surabaya
When A meets O, the one thing that we will never miss is cafe hopping. As usual, O will get a flat white or latte and A will order any tea that sounds exotic and interesting 😀
We visited a few cafes and restaurants while we were in Surabaya but more details will be posted on separate posts. So, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, Like us on Facebook or you can even subscribe to our site to get the latest updates about our blog! 🙂 Stay tuned! 😉