Indonesia one two Jakarta and Surabaya!!!

Ok so this is sort of an eye opener for my readers especially those from Asia. I came late visiting Asia, maybe started like in 2013 and been already to several countries there of which I have written in my blog. One of these countries is Indonesia. If I can recall correctly , I have visited the country 8 times in the last 9 years, with again several cities but mostly the one two punch of Jakarta and Surabaya.

I like to tell you a bit more on them and some new text and photos in my blog. Hope you enjoy it as I did.

Just a bit brief introduction as do not want to repeat myself. Jakarta, is of course the Capital of Indonesia since its independance from the Netherlands. Here I come in always by Soekarno Hatta airport.

The official Jakarta airport: https://soekarnohatta-airport.co.id/

jakarta airport T2 arriving going singapore mar15

The official Surabaya airport: https://juanda-airport.com/en

surabaya juanda apt arriving nov16

Surabaya is the first port harbor of the country, and an important commercial center. Here I entered always by  Juanda airport.

In Surabaya, my stayed have been always except one occasion at the Somerset hotel résidences (see below name change). While in Jakarta, I have been all over in about 4 different hotels, but I have to say my favorite was the Grand Kemang Hotel right in the entertainment center of Jakarta. You really don’t need a car staying here as all shopping, restos, bars to boot are walking distances. It has a wonderful Sparca restaurant. I must say for lodging was my best experience in Indonesia.

The Grand Kemang Hotel: https://grandkemang.com/

jakarta grand kemang hotel front oct13

The Somerset residences have change owner and name now call the Verwood Hotel and Serviced Residences: http://www.verwoodhotel.com/

surabaya somerset entr parking jan16

On this particular trip, the unusual not in my blog yet is my traditional java meal in Surabaya.  We walked from the hotel Somerset along Jalan Raya Kupang Indah street now Verwood hotel,and had the change to eat at a fish/seafood place where you can pick the live fish from the tank and they cook it for you! The place is very popular from the crowd and is call Daun Lada ! I do not see the resto near there now but they have branches in malls etc. They have a simple webpage here: https://daunladaresto.com/index.html

surabaya daun lada fish tank to choose oct13

The highlight of the trip was to walk just from the Grand Kemang Hotel a couple hundred meters  to Eastern Promise bar, sports bar, live dance club all in one, just great, you will have a blast here!  And they are still there! https://epjakarta.com/

jakarta eastern promise club outside oct13

PS. if you read older posts, you will have old info, the above is updated with new links. Things change fast in Indonesia! If you need to know more let me know ok.

And there you folks, feel free to search my blog for locations in Indonesia. An exotic place , and of course , a lot more than  Bali ::) Hope you enjoy the post as I did.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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