Well one more trip to Asia and the third one to Indonesia. Its becoming routine and love it. The only thing the flight is very long and tiring on economy class….. I visited Ngoro, Surabaya and then flew to Jakarta. My last trip here see post back in October 18 2013.
The official tourist office is at http://www.indonesia.travel/ and you have good official tourist sites for Surabaya here , http://www.sparklingsurabaya.info/ and Jakarta here http://www.jakarta-tourism.go.id/
I went on my usual long journey from Nantes Atlantique airport to Paris CDG T2F on Air France, and then took the CDGVal train to terminal 1 to catch the fly with Singapore Airlines; reaching Chiangi airport in Singapore after about 13 hrs , their tourist office is here http://www.yoursingapore.com/en.html ; from there continue on SQ to Surabaya in Indonesia. The return was the same but coming out from Jakarta to Singapore on SQ and continue to Paris CDG T1 where the unusual was not to take the cdgval train but two buses one from T1 to T2 and another from T2 to T2CD;weird. Here to catch the AF flight to Nantes Atlantique airport.
The airports, I took, CDG is here http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/inter-terminal-shuttles
I arrive first at Surabaya Juanda airport, official at http://juanda-airport.com/?lang=en and a better site in English here http://www.surabayaairport.com/ ;and I left by Jakarta Soekarno Hatta airport here http://www.jakartaairportonline.com/
I had driver to pick me up which improves tremendously the logistics, and take me to my hotel and office and eatings etc; the traffic on both areas is bad, and in Jakarta the worse ranking amongst the most congested cities in the world. Upon arriving in Surabaya Juanda airport I was taken to the office and then in the evening to my usual hotel the Somerset, http://www2.somerset.com/en/indonesia/surabaya/somerset_surabaya_hotel_and_serviced_residence.html
Driving by car took me to see a gas station (glamorous::)) petrafirma and the old stores like K Circle and A&W, and eat at Ngoro at the Me Joyo restaurant of local cuisine (one of the advantages of keeping with the locals you know the country well). Very hard to find webpages on it and will just take my word for it, it is good and see the pictures.I took some of the roads passing by.
This was a short visit here and I move on to bigger Jakarta, where driver was waiting again, thanks God!!! I love to drive but this is too much, can really undertand how they can sustain driving like this every day. What it says is a 45 minute car drive from hotel to airport is really 1h30 unless you go at midnight ::)
Here, again I stayed at my now usual Grand Kemang hotel right in the entertainment ceter of Jakarta. http://www.mesahotelsandresorts.com/grandkemang/facilities/ You really don’t need a car staying here as all shopping, restos, bars to boot are walking distances. I have some pictures of the airport, and hotel with its great Sperta restaurant.
Had great lunches at the Lembur Kuring restaurant here is a restaurant site in Indonesia with some info on it, https://www.zomato.com/jakarta/lembur-kuring-serpong/maps very good restaurant of local regional cuisine.
Another day I was taken for lunch at Sambara another west Sumatran regional cuisine resto that was exotic and authentic, here you pick the food and then they cook it for you, superb ;https://www.zomato.com/jakarta/sambara-resto-fatmawati
Lastly, for lunch again was taken to another authentic restaurant Sederhana, a typical padang region cuisine, here they stack the dishes according to how many people to eat and you choose which ones to eat if you try them all they will charge you for all;so be picky but all good stuff ::) They have several branches in the city too. A site that tells more about them is here http://www.yukmakan.com/restaurant/Jakarta-Selatan/Kebayoran-Baru/20441/Sederhana-Masakan-Padang
In all the trip back was easy with a driver, and the connection at Chiangi Singapore just barely but since on the same airline, they took me by people mover cars to the gate and I was waited for by Singapore Airlines. At Paris CDG had to take twice buses to reach my terminal T2F for the first time ever, but you always learn something new traveling lol!
Now very tired resting on a Sunday nice weather at home, and ready for work tomorrow …..and preparing my next flight April 13 stay tune. Have a wonderful Sunday and great workweek ahead. Happy travels !!!!