Discover Surabaya
The city of Mongol sharks fight

Strolls along the Arabic district and puppet-show in the Chinese district

Surabaya

It is the second-largest city in the country. Its name is connected to a historical event. The city was founded in 1293, on the day of the victory of the local army over Mongol invaders. According to the legend, this triumph was foreseen in the 11th century. Mongols, who landed on Java Island, are associated with a shark, and the locals, who were defending — with a crocodile. And since, in the local dialect, a shark means sura, and a crocodile — bai, the new city name was made up of a combination of these two words. Nowadays, you should visit a zoo with sculptures of both animals at the entrance. By the way, they are depicted on the municipal arms. You can stroll around the Arabic district in the northern part of the city and explore sights there, then go to the Chinese district to visit Hong Tik Hian temple, where puppet performances are staged every day

Trip budget

Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:

Hotels
booking

from 25 $/night

Apartment
rental

from 36 $/night

Taxi
fare

Start - 0.51 $, 1km - 0.26 $

Gasoline

0.61 $/liter

Average bill
in restaurant

11 $ for 2 person

Map Surabaya

Hotels in Surabaya

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JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya
from 49 $
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Four Points By Sheraton Surabaya
from 52 $
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Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers
from 62 $
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Ascott Waterplace Surabaya
from 73 $
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Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya
from 60 $
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Wyndham Surabaya
from 46 $
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Bumi Surabaya City Resort
from 60 $
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Best Western Papilio Hotel
from 22 $
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Four Points by Sheraton Surabaya, Pakuwon Indah
from 55 $
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Hotel Majapahit Surabaya MGallery
from 60 $
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Velozip Kos Exclusive
from 18 $
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Novotel Surabaya Hotel
from 32 $

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