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This time, we (me and 2 friends) headed to East Java of Indonesia, to see the famous Kawah Ijen, which flames burn electric blue every night. To give you an overview, here is a breakdown of the basic things you’d need to know before you embark on the trip 🙂
I spent a total of SGD650 this trip (all inclusive – air fare, tips and souvenirs). The breakdown is as follows (per pax):-
- Basic Tour*: 2,500,000 IDR
- Trip to Coban Sewu and Goa Tetes: 250,000 IDR
- Flight: 150 SGD
- Massage: 100,000 IDR
- Additional Baggage on flight back to SG: 400,000 IDR (because i was forced to T.T)
- Food and all other expenses, including sim card, tips to driver and guide: approx 480,000 IDR
- Souvenirs: spend your remaining money
*Please note that as this is a private tour, the price of the tour per pax may vary depending on the no. of pax for your trip. The cost reflected would be a good estimate if you are travelling in a group of three, like I did.
Is this trip for you?
The trip was amazing but it’s not for you if:
- you are looking for a relaxing holiday;
- you feel tired after climbing 1-2 flights of stairs;
- you cannot get used to odd waking hours (you’ll be setting off in the wee hours of 12 am and 3 am each day 😮 and your sleep cycle will be thoroughly disrupted)
Mobile data connection
For those who cannot live without data connection, remember to inform your guide that you need to get a sim card and they will get it for you on the way to your first lunch destination! I got the SimPati card – 12 GB with no minutes or SMS, for 55000 IDR (approx S$6).
Food was not the highlight of the trip, especially since we went during Ramadan (the Muslim Holy Fasting Month) and most of the shops were closed. However, the most memorable meal I had was the Ayam Soto, which is chicken soup on rice. The shop basically sells only that…and keropok, a simple but yummy flavoured cracker! it’s humble fare but the soup was so flavourful and unforgettable!
Other local foods you might want to try are:
- Snake Fruit: i like it 🙂
- Bebek Ijo: Green Chili Fried Duck with rice (similar to Ayam Penyet)
- Avocado Milkshake, which is supposedly drizzled with chocolate, but I didn’t get to try it as it was sold out/not available everywhere I went
Below is a flow chart of our whole itinerary to give you a general overview:
Tour guide details
I would strongly recommend my tour guides, who were nothing short of amazing. Their details are provided below:
|Where we booked our tour||DEHA TRANS TOUR SERVICE
Jl. Sebaung No. 157 Probolinggo East Java Indonesia
|Guides||Dosi and Jan (together with a local guide for each attraction)|
|Contact details||Mobile/WhatsApp +62-822 344 535 60
Line ID: dosiy
Phone Office (+62335)613953
Additional airport information and regulations
While the Surabaya airport is pretty new (and perhaps precisely because it is new) there is nothing to shop once you check in. Ideally, if the opportunity arises, I would recommend buying all your souvenirs during your trip. However, if the opportunity does not arise and you have pinned your hopes on settling your souvenir obligations at the airport, I would recommend buying any souvenirs in the shops at the public area first before checking in. The shops selling local souvenirs in the public area are larger with more variety as compared to the same shop in the departure lounge.
Also, if you are bringing a tripod, PLEASE note that if you are planning to hand carry your tripod, there is a possibility that you might be asked to check in your tripod for your flight out of Surabaya! I had planned to travel on a budget and had not purchased any check-in baggage, and was stopped at the security checkpoint and asked to check in my tripod.
Apparently, as explained to me by a very patient and helpful airport staff, this requirement is pursuant to Indonesian law, but notice is only given in Bahasa and tourists who do not understand Bahasa have no means of being made aware of such a legislative requirement. To err on the side of caution, it would be prudent to just check-in your tripod.
All right, it’s time to start on Day One! Stay tuned while I pen my next entry! 😉
More about our guest blogger
Yumi is a full-time lawyer who enjoys travelling to remote places and going on hikes. She is an advocate of solo travel and loves interacting with locals. To get in touch with her, email her at: bongyumi92[at]gmail.com 🙂