Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Surabaya trip – 30 Apr 13

We had breakfast in the hotel and checked out of the hotel at 10am. Then we went to House of Sampoerna which is our last attraction in Surabaya. 

House of Sampoerna is the home of one of the most famous cigarette brand in Indonesia. The Dutch colonial-style compound was built in 1862 and is now a preserved historical site. It is cited as the top tourist destination in Surabaya. The complex offers a museum, an art gallery, a cafe as well as souvenir shops. Opening hours: 9am - 10pm.
Facade of House of Sampoerna

There is a diverse range of items displayed in the museum. The collections range at level 1 from photos, clothings and Rolls Royce which belongs to the Sampoerna family to various brand of cigarettes boxes and tools used to manufacture cigarettes. 

We watched the workers hand rolling the cigarettes behind the glass at level 2. Their working hours is from Mon - Sat 9am - 3pm and photograph taking is prohibited. All of us were amazed with the worker's speed of rolling the cigarettes. It's as fast as a machine which is simply unbelievable!
House of Sampoerna
I'm manning a mamak stall
A very posh washroom
Brands of cigarettes

We spend about half an hour in House of Sampoerna and left for the airport. It took about an hour to reach Surabaya Juanda airport. We paid the guide and driver the balance of the charges and bid farewell to them.
Our guide

We had lunch at A&W which is located outside the departure hall of the airport. I missed A&W so much and will eat at A&W whenever I came across it. 
A&W mascot
Yummy waffles

There are domestic terminal and international terminal in the airport. We proceed to the departure hall at the international terminal to check in.
Check in rows
Transit area
Free charging area for handphones

There is departure tax to be paid which is IDR150,000 ~ S$19. Based on my experience of the cities which I have visited in Indonesia, the departure tax in Jakarta, Bali and Surabaya are the highest.
Surabaya departure tax ticket

Our flight landed safely at Changi airport and hubby came to the airport to fetch me.

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