Friday, April 10, 2009

Traveling around Surabaya the city of commerce

by Charles Roring in Manokwari - West Papua - Indonesia


I often visit Surabaya. It is the second largest city in Indonesia. Its population is more than three million people and continues to grow. Travelers like to visit Surabaya after spending three days or one week in Bali, the most important tourist destination in Indonesia. Tourists, before going back home, stop by the city for one or two days shopping. There are many shopping centers in Surabaya.



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Every day, when you walk a long the alleys of malls in Surabaya, you will see tourists buy various kinds of goods as gifts to their relatives. After buying gifts or souvenirs, tourists can enjoy various kinds of Indonesian and Chinese or Western cuisines sold by a lot of restaurants.


I visited the port of Tanjung Perak. It is one of the busiest ports in South East Asia. Here every day thousands of ships and boats load and unload cargoes and passengers. It is not surprising if Surabaya is an ideal place to run a business.



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One that I cannot stand about the city is the level of air pollution. As a coastal city in tropical region, the temperature in Surabaya is quite high and full of moisture. The problem is that the hot and humidity are worsened by the smokes released by motorized vehicles and factories.


When travelers have finished shopping in Surabaya, they can continue their trip to Malang, Yogyakarta or Jakarta or they can even fly home via Juanda international airport. Also read: Traveling and Having Lunch with Friends in Malang and Surabaya and Traveling and Enjoying the Nightlife of Surabaya