Hotel Garden Surabaya

Jl. Pemuda 21, Surabaya, 60271, Indonesia
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Taking young children to Bromo/East Java in December/January

by SonyaSz

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!

Re: Taking young children to Bromo/East Java in December/January

by theo1006

Hi Sonya,

If you are not accustomed to the traffic and the roads, I strongly advise not to drive yourself. A car with driver is usually not more expensive than a self-drive car. Any travel agent in Surabaya can arrange a car; as you are 7 including the driver, you probably need a minibus (Kijang of Panther), should cost around Rp 500,000 per day. Additionally you would have to pay accommodation for the driver, maybe Rp 100,000 or 150,000 a night.
Someone living in Surabaya may advise on a good agent.

Climbing Bromo is easy, usually done early morning, see my page:
The rain usually comes in the afternoon, but the 'sunrise' at Penanjakan viewpoint will be disappointing due to clouds.

Ijen is harder, but very impressive, see:
If you go to Ijen you pass through or stay at a coffee plantation.

If you prefer something easier than Ijen, consider Kelud volcano, see:

Malang is ok to stay, you might also opt for Blitar (base for Kelud and other attractions), see my pages for these places.

Remember that the Xmas holidays are peak season, Bromo may be quite crowded. And you do wise to reserve your accommodation for Bromo and for Ijen as soon as you arrive in Surabaya.

You're welcome,


Re: Taking young children to Bromo/East Java in December/January

by henryjohn

Hi Sonya,
I would not recommend driving yourself in Indonesia. Traffic can be quite a bother and the highway codes are mere guidelines at best. It is safer to rent a car and a driver. That way, you take away the stress of having to navigate. Besides, there is a lot to do in the area, and mountain roads up and down Bromo are beautiful. It would be a pity to have to worry about driving instead of simply enjoying the scenery.
Surabaya first. Surabaya does have one of the nicest zoos in Indonesia. Worth an afternoon. Spoil yourself and have tea at the Majapahit Hotel. Very atmospheric. The Masjid Ampel is also worth a walk in if you like getting lost in a labyrinth of shops ala Arabian nights. May not be practical with the younger kids if you go when it gets hot.
Bromo is definetely doable. Loads of fun. you can see Semeru in the near distance actually erupting most days.
I would not rec Ijen. It is a hard climb and after Bromo, is a trite disappointing. IMHO.
Do consider Malang. This is a mountain resort about 2 hours from Surabaya. Good hotels, markets, a clutch of Hindu ruins and lovely climate.
We found a local website called that has some handy free guides. Might help you to plan your trip.
Have a great time.

Re: Taking young children to Bromo/East Java in December/January

by SonyaSz

Thank you so much to you both. Sounds like driving ourselves would be crazy! If there's anyone out there who can recommend a good/safe/patient/nice driver that would be great. Mt Kelud sounds like a worthwhile trip too. Thank you!

Travel Tips for Surabaya

Cuban Ronda Waterfall

by yatingchen

The first time I see the tropical waterfall. From the parking place it took us only short way walking to arrive.

In bus we were dizzy, but the waterall waked us up. It's thin and powerful, spraying in 20 meters far and my glasses became foggy. The surroundings were also amazing, green, green, green like in advertisement film. (Palm shower gel or Shapoo) Many local indonesiens also went there for a short trip, a hot touring spot in Surabaya area.

The B.B.Q corns with curry sauce by food vendors there is also recommended, each costs 6 NTD only. (32NTD=1USD ; 38NTD=1EUR) They are white corns, not sweet, aboriginal, but tastes natural and still good.

Foreign Currency

by blue_sky04

US Dollar is widely accepted. If you need to exchange the currency, you can do it in the local or foreign banks and moneychangers. Sometimes travel agents accept currency exchange, too.
Other foreign currencies that are easily converted/exchanged are Euro, Australian dollar, Hong Kong dollar, and Singapore dollar.

For US dollar, please note that banks and moneychangers often refuse the dollar note printed PRIOR to 1996 (the series). There is a joke here saying, “The bank loves the BIG HEAD.” The “big head” means the US dollar note with the series of 1996 or afterward because the picture of the presidents printed in the note is much bigger than in the previous note.

tshirt please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by l-e-z-ah

sleveless or casual tshirt is fine... plus, a rain coat, not d thick heavy one coz it's still warm even though it's raining... no jacket necessary unless u wanna perspire like crazy (plus, it makes u look stupid) bring some own medical supply from ur own country.... d dose of indonesian drugs r really high (that's why Dutch medicine hadn't done me any good)

Prigi Beach

by Perucha

Not many people knows Prigi beach - not even listed in VT. I went there not in plan either! But I found it very beautiful!
Prigi is 4 hours driving to the south from Surabaya, 30 min from Tulungagung - the closest city.

Ayam Goreng PEMUDA

by lupit about Ayam Goreng PEMUDA

Definitely the best fried chicken place in Surabaya for many years! Pemuda means MAN, and consequently this place only employs men. Ayam goreng (fried chicken) - the only menu! They use free range chicken or 'ayam kampung', very tasty, marinated in some spices (including tumeric) and fried upon ordering. Eaten with steamed rice, sambal (chilli sauce) and fresh cucumber. Fresh salad and fried chicken liver and giblets are also available.


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