Welcome and thank-you for visiting. We at SurabayaHotels.com have
put together this information more as a primer for the business
traveler or first time visitor. That said, the information herein
should get most people off to a good start. If you are looking for
more information on Surabaya or Indonesia in general, there are
any number of good guide books from which to choose. By the way,
if you are one of those 'Old Surabaya Hands' and you think we missed
something, don't hesitate to drop us an email.
Be advised that the time in Surabaya is GMT + 7 hours.
Situated at the mouth of the Kali Mas River, Surabaya was first
settled in 1275. And is much older than its larger rival, Jakarta.
Originally known as Ujung Galuh, in 1358 it was known as Churabaya
and was ruled by a succession of kingdoms until Dutch rule in 1596.
Comprising a land area of some 326 square kilometres, Surabaya proper
is divided into 31 districts. Surrounded by two industrial cities,
Gresik to the north-west and Sidoarjo on the south side. Surabaya
is the known as one of the fastest growing cities in Indonesia.
The Kali Mas River is the dividing line between east & west
Surabaya. See map.
With its location at the mouth the Kali Mas River, Surabaya is basically
in a flood plain. This, coupled with fact that several areas of
the city are only 3-6 m above sea level, means that from time to
time some areas of Surabaya are flood during the wet monsoon ( but
not as nearly as severly as Jakarta). Visitors may be inconvenienced
a little bit (traffic jams and the like) but visitors will rarely
be affected by any flooding.