Semarang, Java, Indonesia
Trip Start Dec 25, 2008
141Trip End Dec 25, 2009
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The AC in Indonesia is very different than in Malaysia. I found the AC in buses and boats to be at the freezing mark in Malaysia whereas in Indonesia they seem to keep them so that they are still blowing warm air!!!!!
Relying on Lonely Planet, I took a taxi from the train station to Hotel Surya (Jl Imam Bonjol 28 Tel: 3540355) in Semarang. The room seemed fine and more or less clean!!! (Everything clean except the walls!!) and the price for a deluxe (not really deluxe but bigger window!!!) is 280 incl. breakfast. Again because it seemed reasonable I took it, put my luggage in the room and then went out exploring the old City of Semarangwww.metrohotel.co.id) e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and I was quite impressed with both the room and the price . They were going to let me have the executive room (which looked more like junior suite) with breakfast for 288,000 which basically was much better than my room at Surya Hotel. I just didn't feel like packing up and moving so I a still at Surya Hotel. Once in a while there is smell from the bathroom but if I keep the door close and the AC on I don't seem to smeel it. It is fine but anyone out there coming to Semerang go straight to the Metro Hotel unless you want to pay more in that case right in the centre of the action and the "New City" of Semarang you will find a lovely Hotel Ciputra. They were offering a "deluxe" (I believe) at 599,000 (basicaly 60 US $)
(www.hotelciputra.com) at Sipang Lima.
The "Old City" and "New City" are like night and day. The Old City is really crumbling, dirty and many streets are not paved while the New City has huge streets, Shopping Malls, Hotels and anything that you might be looking for. Other than just walking around and discovering the architecture (old and new buildings) of the city there doesn't seem to be much else to do. The museum and temples are out of the city and you need to take a bus or taxi to visit them.