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    • Currency exchange

      Bali Jan 13, 2017 at 1:42 AM

      Hi, should I exchange my GBP£ for Bali currency in the UK or should I wait until I get to Bali?

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      Guide in Banjarmasin

      Banjarmasin Jan 7, 2017 at 12:15 PM

      I shall visit Banjarmasin for a few days in early March 2017. Can you recommend a good guide to show me around and help with short tours in the area of South Kalimantan. Thank you!

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      7 hours layover in Jakarta airport

      Jakarta Jan 8, 2017 at 9:47 AM

      Hi. On my way back from hols near Sorong I will have about 7 hors before my flight. Even counting check in time for the second flight etc., it leaves me with 5 hours. Any idea of where to park myself? Is there any lounge, spa, even day hotel within the airport?

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      Seminyak or Sanur

      Bali Jan 3, 2017 at 11:47 PM

      If staying for two days before departing, which one would you prefer?

    • Last 4 nights Uluwatu or Lombok?

      Bali Jan 5, 2017 at 7:28 AM

      I am travelling to Bali for 14 nights in June and I am seeking advice on where to visit and for how long.

      This is a loose plan so far however I am open to suggestions!

      4 nights Seminyak
      3 Nights Ubud
      3 Nights Gili T
      4 Nights either Lombok with a day trip to Uluwatu during our stay in Seminyak or 3 nights in Uluwatu and an extra night in Gili T with day trip to Lombok.

      In terms of what we are looking for on our trip, we are looking for a variety of things. We are a young couple and like going out and partying however we also want to do lots of cultural things as well and see some temples. We prefer to stay in five star hotels/villas and we have already chosen ones we like in Seminyak, Ubud and gili T.

      Ideally we would like at least one destination on our trip to include nice white sand beaches however we are not big water sports people so that is not mandatory. We have decided against Nusa Dua though as we want to experience more of what Bali has to offer rather than stay in a 5 star resort the whole time.

      I would also like to swim with turtles which I have heard you can do in Gili T and see some waterfalls which seem to be abundant on Lombok however I was wondering if this could be a day trip?

      I want to visit all of the above at some point during the trip however I am undecided on whether to do a day trip to Lombok when in Gili T and stay in Uluwatu for 3 nights or to visit Uluwatu for a day trip while in Seminyak and then stick with Lombok for 4 nights. My main concerns are how few and expensive the nice resorts are in uluwatu are (I am finding it difficult to find the right accommodation in terms of price, availability and service level) while I have found this to be easier on the north side of Lombok I am concerned about the travelling time staying in Lombok will add on to the trip and that the nice beaches seem to be much further south far from the hotels in the north?

      Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


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      Travel Route

      Bali Dec 25, 2016 at 11:33 PM

      I have a thought on travel route in Bali (7nghts) and would like the experienced members to comment on the pro & cons
      ....Go direct from airport to Sanur and stay for two nights (leaving one case in local storage)
      Then travel to Ubud for two nights
      Then travel up onwards over hills to Lavina or Pemuteran (recommended by lonely planet) for two nights
      Then take west coast road back and stay in Seminyak for one night before collecting case & departure

      I am estimating travel time in car with driver, subject to traffic....are these correct?
      30mins from Sunur
      2.5 hrs from Ubud to Lavina
      3 hours from Pemuteran to Seminyak
      25mins Seminyak to Airport

      I look forward to your comments

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      Is Lonely Planet Ebook worth buying?

      Bali Dec 22, 2016 at 10:00 PM

      Is lonely planet ebook on Bali worth buying and upto date?
      I head off in a few weeks and wanted to ask members if any had bought it and thought this ebook was a worth while addition for their trip?
      Will not go diving so don't need it on that front.
      While writing can members advise if Sanur is worth a two or three day visit .....current thought is to perhaps head straight there from flight arrival as it should only take 25mins with roads being quiet late at night.

      All thoughts welcome and appreciated

    • Private Driver wanted

      by point_1st Online Now Nov 29, 2016 at 10:45 AM

      Coming to Surabaya 12/7 to 12/20 to visit friends, have a rental car, looking for a good driver for intermittent driving, inside and outside of the city, male or female no preference as long as a good driver

      2 Answers Nov 29, 2016 at 4:37 PM
    • Driver from Surabaya to Bali

      by MarcinA2 Online Now Mar 11, 2016 at 8:19 AM

      Hi, I’m planning a visit to East Java beginning of April. Could someone recommend me a good and reliable and experienced driver with a car who could do a classic trip Surabaya, Mt Brome (night there) then next day Ijen (night there) and drop off at Bali.

      Thank you

      1 Answer Mar 11, 2016 at 8:42 AM
    • Driver to Jakarta

      by k2ilic Online Now Aug 28, 2015 at 8:06 PM

      I need to get from Surabaya to Jakarta tomorrow.
      Anyone know of private drivers ? The train is full and I cannot fly with my Visa.
      Please let me know. Thanks!

      1 Answer Aug 31, 2015 at 5:41 AM
    • Speifics on Bromo

      by Snailman83 Online Now May 18, 2015 at 4:15 AM

      I've done my research on getting to Bromo or Cemoro Lawang from Surubaya now I'm looking for specifics for getting around the area. I'll be doing this independent of the tours and walking/hiking as much of it as I can so I'm trying to gather as much info on it as I can.

      I will try to get a room in Lava View or somewhere nearby, from there I would like to know how far it is to the viewpoint which from what I have read is on or near Mt. Pananjakan. The only review or blog post I've read which mentions the time says it's somewhere from 20-40 mins walk up there, not sure how accurate that is or if that's even from Cemoro Lawang area or some other point.

      From the viewpoint, how far is it back down to the entrance or the place where you pay the fee and then to the actual volcano itself?

      Any other vantage points or tips on getting around sand sea and the temple would also be appreciated.


      EDIT: I just read another post stating that the route the 4x4's take to the viewing area is different from the walking path, don't know if this is true or if there are clear markings along the way when I get there.


      2 Answers May 18, 2015 at 5:50 PM
    • Surabaya International Aiport direct to Cemoro Lawang

      by travel00 Online Now Sep 28, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      Hi Im planning to take a chartered vehicle directly from Surabaya International airport to Cemoro Lawang, in order to cut on travelling time by waiting, hopping on multiple buses or taxis from various locations. I already have a reserved accomodation in Cemoro Lawang.

      My question is
      1. what is the recommended taxi (chartered vehicle) company i can get from the airport?
      2. Is the company operating within the airport (e.g. there's a counter i can go to?)
      3. do you know approximately the price from Surabaya International airport to Cemoro Lawang?

      I just want to make sure im engaging the right company and paying the right price for the service.

      Thanks in advanced

      2 Answers Oct 1, 2014 at 12:52 AM
    • Surabaya during Ramadan

      by Teeemeee Online Now Jun 29, 2014 at 7:07 AM

      Are there any bars (ie colors, penthouse, etc) that are open during Ramadan? Are the restaurants open during lunch?

      2 Answers Jul 1, 2014 at 5:52 AM
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      How,where,when and what

      by zafilm Online Now Apr 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Greetings..Me and family of 2 adults,2 teenagers,1child and 1 toddler,plans to have a few days trip to Mt Bromo & off to beautiful island of Bali. Any tips on transportation from Surabaya airport to/from Mount bromo.?. How long will the journey take?. Also any tips to take train,ferry or bus to Bali instead of flight? We want to enjoy a scenic & adventure tour of East Java.Im appreciative of any and all tips, feedback & suggestion. Thank you!...

      1 Answer Apr 23, 2014 at 5:52 AM
    • Solo female traveler in East Java

      by S_Atiqah Online Now Mar 30, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      I'm interested with Ngadas village, Bromo, Madakaripura waterfall and Baluran National park. I will be in East Java in mid september for 7 days. Is it safe and possible for me to travel to these places? I want to do DIY tour. any tips?

      7 Answers Sep 16, 2014 at 12:57 AM
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      Transport & cost

      by Nhwany Online Now Dec 15, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      How to go to Malang from Surabaya Airport?
      And how much the cost?

      3 Answers Dec 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM
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      Transport & cost

      by Nhwany Online Now Dec 15, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      How to go to Malang from Surabaya Airport?
      And how much the cost?

      1 Answer Dec 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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      How to reach Bali from Surabaya?

      by banik2k Online Now Sep 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Due APEC Summit my flight got cancelled to Bali. I am thinking of travelling to Bali from Surabaya. Can anyone guide me what are public bus companies, private taxi hire, train along with the fares.. We 7 people + luggage altogether. My preference is for a private 7seater taxi.

      5 Answers Sep 28, 2013 at 3:39 AM
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      Tour Guide/Agent to Mt Bromo for first timer :)

      by wonderpoer Online Now Aug 27, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      Am planning a trip to Surabaya coming Oct 2013 and am keen to visit/trek the famous Mt Bromo while am there. This will be my first trip to Surabaya, thus much appreciate for any tips, recommendation for getting a local tour/guide to Mt Bromo. Am open to overnight tour as well.

      Also, will be nice to know if i can experience any off the beaten path or places to visit in Mt Bromo region or Surabaya....Hope can gain some insight from other travelers.

      Lastly, any cycling day tour to recommend in Surabaya?

      1 Answer Sep 23, 2013 at 4:03 AM
    • Banyuwangi to Surabaya

      by kiwijace Online Now Jul 30, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Hi, has anyone flown from Bayuwangi to Surabaya? I'm considering it for the scenery (as well as to save time). Otherwise, I can catch the train but it would mean arriving in the late afternoon in Surabaya (and I'll miss the cigarette making at the House of Sampoerna factory). I've heard the scenery is also good on the train, but I'll be hiking up to the Ijen crater anyway. The problem is I only have 1 night in Banyuwangi & 1 in Surabaya before heading to Yogyakarta. I could possibly extend by one night (requires leaving Bali 1 day early) & do the overnight train from Banyuwangi to Surabaya, or the day train & stop at Probolinggo (on the way to Bromo), but it's peak season & I'm not sure if it's worth the hassle. Also, I'm catching the train from Surabaya to Jogya. Any opinions on that journey? Is it very scenic? I'm arriving in Banyuwangi on the 13th (or 12th if I extend) & need to be in Jogya by the afternoon of the 15th. Cheers, Jason.

      3 Answers Aug 2, 2013 at 4:41 AM
    • Tours to Bromo.

      by kiwijace Online Now Jul 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Hi there. Can anyone recommend one day tours to Bromo from Surabaya?

      7 Answers Aug 2, 2013 at 4:44 AM
    • Recommend a driver

      by qhalique Online Now Jul 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      we would like to hire a driver preferably with a 6 sitter mpv for multi purpose and available as and when needed. Driver should have good knowledge of the city and it's nightlife...can anybody help?

      2 Answers Jul 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM
    • Best place to enjoy the nightlife in Surabaya

      by qhalique Online Now Jul 8, 2013 at 12:57 AM

      Hi, may i know where are the best and hippiest place to party all night long....and is it good to visit surabaya in october?

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      buying homewares in surabaya

      by LeeP39 Online Now Sep 19, 2012 at 2:52 AM

      We are considering a move from Australia to Surabaya and instead of shipping everything, I was wondering if buying once we get there would be a better option? can anyone give me an idea of price ranges for household items,,,if you can just give me a couple of things like fridge, washing machine, beds etc, then it would give me an idea what is the best option.

      Also, can electronics from Australia work in East java just with a travel adapter, or do we need to buy new electronics and electrical stuff once we get there?


      2 Answers Sep 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM
    • train to surabaya from singapore

      by chay_villanueva Online Now Jun 20, 2012 at 6:40 AM

      this my 1st time to singapore, i need to go to surabaya , may i ask what is the best train i can ride to surabaya , be going there on june 28, can u pls help me.tnx .

      5 Answers Jun 22, 2012 at 7:11 AM
    • Surabaya - Cemoro Lawang (Bromo) on April 4

      by ramonvu Online Now Mar 31, 2012 at 7:47 PM


      I'll arrive Surabaya on April 4 evening and go Bromo directly. Gonna to rent a car for my Bromo trip. Is there anyone who also wants to go Bromo during that day? So that we can share the transportation fees.

      Thanks you!

      5 Answers Jan 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM
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      Transportation arrangement for Bromo

      by Poling Online Now Oct 31, 2011 at 11:18 PM

      Here is my plan to Indonesia:
      Day 1: arrive Jakarta
      Day 2: City Tour in Jakarta
      Day 3: domestic flight to Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta city tour
      Day 4: Borobudur
      Day 5: Prambanan
      Day 6: domestic flight to Surabaya (early morning). Join 2-day tour to Bromo
      Day 7: see sun rise on Bromo, Go back to Surabaya
      day 8: Surabaya city tour, see the Komodo dragon in the zoo.
      Day 9: domestic flight to Lombok Island
      Day 10: Lombok
      Day 11: go to Bali, city tour in Bali
      Day 12: domestic flight to Jakarta
      Day 13: flight to Hong Kong

      My questions regarding the part in Surabaya:
      1. Plan to catch early flight from Yogyakarta to Surabaya so that I can join a local tour to Bromo. Is this feasible? Am I having enough time to find a travel agency? Shall I book the tour in advance elsewhere, ie Yogyakarta?
      2. What is the average price for the local tour?
      3. From Surabaya is there flight to Lombok?

      Thanks a lot!

      6 Answers Feb 12, 2012 at 12:18 AM
    • Mr

      by knag76 Online Now Oct 13, 2011 at 11:57 PM

      Hi, I need to go to Mt. Bromo and Mt Penanjakan from Surabaya on 29th and come back on 30th of this month. Please let me know the price using budget taxi to take me to those places. I do not mind by mixing with other group traveling to the same place on the same day.

    • Reliable Driver In Surabaya

      by benbeni Online Now Aug 29, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      I'm looking for a driver/guide to take me to Mount Bromo and Madakaripura waterfalls.

      Thank you.

      2 Answers Oct 6, 2011 at 1:56 AM
    • looking for an appartment

      by oscarcito Online Now Aug 10, 2011 at 1:52 PM

      I've got a job in Surabaya with a contract for two years. I'm looking for an appartmen to rent , one room ,kitchen and bathroom.

      2 Answers Mar 5, 2012 at 11:27 PM
    • Wood carver? Glass blower? Painter?

      by Expateach Online Now Aug 6, 2011 at 4:27 PM


      I recently moved to Surabaya from Canada. I am looking for:

      1. Wood carver to make some small carved boxes for me.
      2. Glass blower to make small simple pieces of glass for me.
      3. Painter to make paintings of some photos for me.

      Can anyone tell me any names, addresses or where to look for this in Surabaya?

      2 Answers Aug 19, 2011 at 2:35 AM
    • Transportation to Bromo

      by NorlizaSukran Online Now Jul 2, 2011 at 3:00 AM

      Will arrive Juanda Airport at 10pm on July 10, thought of go directly to Bromo, no need to check in hotel, safe cost, any idea on the transportation

      2 Answers Oct 14, 2011 at 9:04 AM
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      Accommodation near Purabaya bus terminal

      by kschew Online Now Oct 17, 2010 at 5:44 PM

      Dear VTers,
      I will be traveling to Surabaya this coming Sunday, and will be heading to Gunung Bromo the next morning. Please may I know if there are budget hotels near Purabaya bus terminal.

      Originally I wanted to stay near Old City. But judging from the map in Lonely Planet, the Old City is kinda far from both the airport and the bus terminal.

      Extra question:
      Is it better to travel to Probolinggo by bus or by train?

      Thanks for your advice :)

      2 Answers Jun 7, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    • Taking young children to Bromo/East Java in December/January

      by SonyaSz Online Now Oct 8, 2010 at 11:14 PM

      Hi there - we are a family with 4 young children (aged between 4 and 9) and we're planning to visit Bromo and the East Java area at the end of December. We have just less than a week, flying in and out of Surabaya. We were thinking of renting a car and driving ourselves but I'm not sure whether this is a realistic/wise plan - any comments?! Alternatively we will arrange a driver/transport to take us around. Any recommendations of good transport companies or cars/drivers? Ideally we'd take someone from Surabaya where we start and finish. With young children we'd need someone safe and patient....!

      Also any suggestions as to itinerary? We'd like to climb Mount Bromo of course, and also see as many of the best volcano views in the area as we can. The Ijen crater sounds beautiful. And then Malang sounds like a nice town. Also there are coffee and tea plantations. And Taman Safari sounds good - anyone been there?

      Lastly - I know it's NE monsoon time so not the ideal time to go - but would it still be possible to climb Bromo?

      Thanks so much for any advice - much appreciated!

      7 Answers Oct 18, 2011 at 5:04 PM
    • Tour from Surabaya to Bromo and Borobudor

      by hoehoe62 Online Now Sep 30, 2010 at 6:33 PM

      Hi there, I will be going to Surabaya from 2 - 7, June 2011. There are 4 of us. We want to find out of the package tour and cost for a 3 days/2 nights to Bromo and Borobudor. Thank you in advance.

      Mr Goh

      5 Answers May 8, 2011 at 10:14 PM
    • Hotel Majapahit Surabaya

      by ikira Online Now Aug 27, 2010 at 12:27 AM

      Hi Vts

      Good days.
      I am planning to visit Surabaya again this coming december.
      This tim ei plan to stay at Majapahit hotel which i heard is a luxury antique hotel, an excolonial hotel buidling.

      Anyone has experience stay in Majaphit before? How was it if compared to Novotel Surabaya?

      Anyone know how much it cost for s standard room?

      Thanks ya

      4 Answers Oct 9, 2010 at 4:50 AM
    • earthquakes

      by Jiuliana Online Now Jun 28, 2010 at 8:41 AM

      Hello there,

      I am from Borneo and this July I am planning to go on a trip to Surabaya,
      due to business matters. For about just couple of weeks.
      However, I have heard a lot told me that Surabaya is very hazardous location
      to go since earthquake might occur anytime. Is coming earthquake is predictable?
      Or any travel agency will inform or warn the travelers about the weather as well as any upcoming catastrophes?


      5 Answers Jul 5, 2010 at 3:52 PM