• Java Batavia
  • Java Multaltuli straat Rangkasbitung
  • angklung
  • Java Papandayan
  • Baturraden
  • Borobudur
  • Java Merapi
  • Becaks Yogya
  • Bromo
  • Java sawa
  • Java Sukamade turtle

Round trip 16 days Java by train

During our new train journey on Java you can visit the various highlights along the way, such as the old harbor in Jakarta, the Art Deco buildings and angklung music school in Bandung and of course also the Borobudur temple and Bromo volcano. At the end of your trip you can take an (optional) trip to the turtles in Sukamade or extend your trip with, for example, a beach holiday in Bali.

Java has an excellent rail network where you can travel comfortably from one place to another. It is a fast and sustainable way of traveling with some trains even more luxurious than those in Europe. There is air conditioning and catering on board and your seats are reserved, which is useful on the longer train journeys. One of the well-known Indonesian expressions is Jam Karet, which means "rubber time", which means that not everything always leaves or arrives on time.

With the exception of the transfer upon arrival in Jakarta, you can arrange how to get from the station to your hotel or from your hotel to the station. You can use a taxi for this and ask the hotel to take you to the station. Would you rather have this arranged in advance? Then that is of course also possible!

If you book the Borobudur, the Bromo excursion and the Sukamade excursion in advance, you will have a car with driver at your disposal on site, which will then take you to the next one.
At the end of the trip, you can travel from Kalibaru to Surabaya or Banyuwangi to fly back home or continue to the next destination. You can also travel to Ketapang and then cross over to Bali by ferry to experience a few days of beach and culture.

Of course it is also possible to make the trip the other way around. You then start from Bali or Surabaya and travel by train along the highlights to Jakarta. The program is a guide, you are free to decide for yourself what you want to do per place, but you can also book the described day trips in advance. To and from the station is standard, with one exception, on your own,

When you travel with a guide, he has your full attention and explains the country and its customs. He will also arrange taxis for you on site and ensure that everything runs smoothly.

This roundtrip is a sample how your trip could look like. The target prices are based on middle class hotels. Our Indonesia experts are happy to help you tailormade your trip to your demands.

Target prices

€ 1.625 p.p. based on 2 persons in low season

Included and excluded

Including:
•Intercontinental and domestic flights
•Accommodations based on middle class hotels, including breakfast
•Mentioned transfers
•Mentioned train tickets
•Bromo excursion including entrance fee and jeep

Excluding:
•Excursions and entrance fees
•English speaking guide
•Other meals
•Tips and personal expenses
•Booking costs € 30 per booking
•SGR contribution € 5 per person
•CO2 compensation € 22 per person

Day 1 flight Amsterdam-Jakarta

Flight with Garuda Indonesia. Depart at the end of the morning with transfer in Medan. Arrival in the end of the morning.

Day 2 Aankomst Jakarta

Selamat Datang, welcome to Jakarta! After you have passed the immigration service and have taken your luggage off the belt, your driver or guide will be waiting for you at the exit with a name sign. Depending on the crowds, he will take you to your hotel in at least half an hour. Along the way you will see the skyline of Jakarta and the enormous bustle and activity of the city. In case of an early arrival you cannot check in directly to the hotel. You can already use the hotel facilities and acclimatize to the pool or enjoy a first "pijit" massage. Overnight in Jakarta.

Day 3 Jakarta

You can explore Jakarta today. It is a busy city, but with plenty of fun things to see and do. For transportation, take a Patas bus, a Bluebird taxi or Metro minibus. The Becak is unfortunately not welcome in most parts of Jakarta and has since been replaced by the three-wheeled Bajaj. Visit the old harbor of Sunda Kelapa, where the proud Buginze ships are still partly loaded by hand. Stroll through the old part of the city, the historical surroundings of Fatahillah Square and have a coffee at Café Batavia near the fertility cannon and the Historical Museum. Jakarta also has a large Cginese neighborhood, Chinatown, in the Glodok district. At the end of the afternoon, walk along the streets with Chinese lanterns, the temples and various shops and eateries. Overnight in Jakarta Please note: museums are closed on Mondays

Day 4 Met de trein naar Bandung

You will go to Gambir station on your own for the Argo Parahyangan train to Bandung. You have the train from 10:45 with arrival about 3 hours later. You will arrive in Bandung at around 2 PM. There you take a taxi to your hotel. Bandung is also known as the Paris of Java. It is a bit cooler here than Jakarta, for example. The city is located about 800 meters above sea level. Bandung still radiates much of the colonial past. Many buildings are built in Art Deco or Jugendstil. Overnight in Bandung.

Dag 5 Bandung dagtocht Lembang, Tangkuban Perahu en Ciater hotspring

All day you can explore the surroundings of Bandung. You can book this on site at your hotel or book in advance at Merapi. Via the Geology museum, Mandala museum and villa Isola and the elevated town of Lembang you go to the volcano Tangkuban Perahu, which literally means 'the inverted boat'. You can hike along the crater there and expand it with a firmer trek to the Kawah Domas, a geyser-like smaller crater. After the volcano, you can visit the hot springs of Ciater. A number of hotels have neat pools where you can paddle or immerse yourself in the hot spring. On the way back you make a stop at the Dago Tea House. Here you have a beautiful view over the city of Bandung. You can also take a walk to the 30 meter high Curug Dago waterfall.

Day 6 Bandung citytour and music at Saung Angklung Udjo

You can take a city tour today with the Bandros Bandung hop-on hop-off bus. The double-decker buses pass some highlights of Bandung. such as Art Deco Street Jalan Braga, the typical Gedung Saté building and various other monumental buildings. The bus also runs along the Cihanpelas, which is better known as Bandung Jeans street. Instead of the bus, you can also do a city tour by bicycle in the morning. Together with a guide you cycle through the quieter streets of Bandung to famous places. You start at the Gedung Sate, cycle along former Dutch streets such as the Jalan Riau, Jalan Cilaki and end at the Geological Museum. You will then be picked up from your hotel to go to the starting point. At the end of the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel or to the music school Saung Angklung Udjo. Led by the descendants of the late Pak Udjo, you can enjoy the Sundanese culture and a large group of enthusiastic children gives a dazzling show with a wayang performance, angklung music and dance. Overnight in Bandung.

Day 7 Met de trein van Bandung naar de Borobudur

Wake up early for a nice train journey from Bandung to Yogyakarta. You make sure to be at the station half an hour before departure (08:40) for the train journey of more than seven hours. You travel comfortably in the air-conditioned Kelas Eksekutif through the Preanger Mountains towards Yogyakarta. Get off at Kutoarjo station and take a taxi for the approximately 45-minute ride to your hotel. After checking in, you can take a walk in the countryside. Overnight near Borobudur



Day 8 Sunrise on the Borobudur, further to Yogyakarta

Optional excursion: Before sunrise you get up to be the first to climb Borobudur. The Borobudur is the world famous and largest Buddhist temple complex in the world. It is wonderful to visit this Unesco project in the early morning when it is not yet busy and still relatively cool. A walk along the more than 1400 reliefs will bring you to the highest terrace of the temple complex where you will find the Buddhas under the stupas. If you want to make a wish, try to touch the Buddha in one of the stupas. The man must touch the Buddha's hand and the woman's heel. After the visit to Borobudur you find a way to travel to the city of Yogyakarta. over night in Yogyakarta.

Day 9 Yogyakarta city tour

There is plenty to do in the former court city of Yogyakarta. Take a ride by becak (bicycle taxi) or with the Andong, horse and carriage. Agree the price in advance, so that you will not be faced with surprises. Visit the Kraton where the Sultan resides, the Water Palace or the birds market. Take a look at the Fort Vredenburg museum and take a stroll in Malioborostreet. There are numerous shops and stalls and you can enjoy the delicious street food in the evening. You can also attend a performance of the Ramayana ballet at the Prambanan Temple or Purawisata Yogyakarta stage (reservations recommended). Overnight in Yogyakarta.

Day 10 Yogyakarta fietstocht door de kampungs

Enjoy one more day of Yogyakarta. In the early morning you can take a cycling excursion in the kampungs around Yogyakarta. You will pass rice fields, villages, temples and experience the middle Javanese life. Another option is to follow a cooking workshop. In the morning hours you go to the market with your cooking teacher to do some shopping and then prepare some Javanese dishes. During lunch you can enjoy your brew. Overnight in Yogyakarta.

Day 11 Met de trein van Yogyakarta naar Malang

After an early breakfast, arrange your own transportation to the station for the 7:30 AM Malioboro express to Malang. You arrive around 3:30 PM. At Malang station you can arrange a taxi to your hotel. Overnight in Malang

Day 12 Van Malang naar de Bromo vulkaan

This day you have a car with driver at your disposal all day. After breakfast we explore beautiful Malang. The former 'Bergen neighborhood' is still largely the same as during the Dutch period. A visit to Kampung Warna Wira is definitely recommended. Local students have refreshed the former armetierige kampung with many colors. To enter the kampung you cross a glass bridge ... You can have lunch (own expense) in the nostalgic restaurant "Toko Oen", one of the few restaurants in Java where you can order a croquette sandwich. After lunch we drive to Bromo, a trip of about three hours. The Bromo volcano is located in the Tengger Mountains. There are four peaks and it is truly one of the most beautiful volcanic landscapes in the world. The environment of the Bromo is very fertile. You will stay in a simple hotel on the edge of the sandy sea.

Day 13 Sunrise bij de Bromo vulkaan en daarna door naar Kalibaru

Around three o'clock you will be awakened to make a trip to the Bromo. You will be taken by jeep to the viewing area on the edge of the Tengger kaldera. Although you are certainly not alone, in the high season there can be more than 500 visitors, there is a serene tranquility at the viewpoint. Everyone comes for the beautiful and mystical sunrise. From the platform you have a view of the sand sea and its four craters and in the background you can see the volcano Semeru regularly blowing a thrust into the air. Bring your sweater and windbreaker, it is very cold in the early morning! After the sunrise, return by jeep to the sandy sea. Here you can walk or on a horse (about 100,000 rupia) to the foot of the Bromo. Via about 300 steps you climb the Bromo crater to look from the crater rim into the crater of the volcano. After the Bromo, return to the hotel for breakfast. Your driver will then take you in an hour and a half to Probolinggo station for the 11:00 Mutiara Timur train to the rural village of Kalibaru. A train journey of over three hours. Overnight in Kalibaru.

Day 14 Kalibaru

We’ve got all day to explore Kalibaru, situated in a rural plantation area, and its surroundings. Around the hotel grows coffee, cacao, mutmeg, vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. The jam you found on your breakfast table could be made of home-grown nutmeg. Kalibaru is a perfect place to get to know the daily life on east Java. You can go to the market for example, or to one of the many plantations around Kalibaru. You can also have a look in one of the numerous little home-industries, like a palm-sugar workshop. Overnight in Kalibaru.

Lori Wisata Kalibaru-Garahan



Day 15 Met de trein naar Surabaya of de ferry naar Bali

Around 8:30 AM, make sure to be ready for the 9:00 AM train to Ketapang at Kalibaru station. You can then take the ferry to Bali. Depending on your wishes, Merapi will arrange transport by car or minibus to your destination in Bali. If you want to leave Bali on the left (in this case on the right) you can sleep in for an hour longer and take the 10:15 Mutiara Timur train to Surabaya. There you take a taxi to Surabaya airport for your 19:35 Garuda Indonesia flight to the Netherlands.

Day 15 continued vlucht Surabaya-Amsterdam via Jakarta

Surabaya-Amsterdam (Garuda)

Vertrek vanuit Surabaya in de avond naar Jakarta Hier stapt u over op de nachtvlucht naar Amsterdam. Aankomst op Schiphol in de loop van de ochtend. Op Di, Vr en Zo maakt Garuda een tankstop in Singapore.

Day 16 Arrival Amsterdam

In the morning arrival at Schiphol. The end of a beautiful trip...

Santika Premiere Jakarta - Jakarta

Hotel Santika Premiere is located in the district of Slipi, West Jakarta. The friendly staff will do everything to make your stay in this hotel as pleasant as possible. All rooms have AC, TV, telephone, bathroom with shower, bath and hairdryer, desk, coffee and tea making facilities, minibar and safe, Number of rooms: 273 Facilities: Swimming pool, fitness room, spa, tennis court, shopping arcade, 24 hour room service and doctor service, multiple restaurants, bar and laundry service. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Savoy Homann - Bandung

Selamat datang di tempo doeloe! The beautiful Art Deco-style Savoy Homann is located in one of the colonial neighbourhoods in the centre of Bandung on the old Post Road Jalan Asia Africa. The rooms have now been modernized but the public areas have luckily kept the Art Deco style. In the beautiful domed restaurant surrounded by galleries you can still see the small inside balconies and the glass elevator. All spacious rooms have air conditioning, TV, telephone, minibar, coffee and tea making facilities, marble bathroom and safe. Some rooms have a balcony. Very extensive breakfast buffet. Number of rooms: 185 Facilities: Swimming pool, Garden Restaurant (Asian and Western cuisine), Batavia bar and lounge (cocktails, regular live music), Sidewalk Café (cocktails, snacks), karaoke, game room (video games), fitness room, Spa, hairdresser, shop, laundry- and room service, meeting rooms and wifi. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Boutique hotel Saraswati - Borobudur

This small and very beautiful hotel is named after the Hindu goddess Saraswati and is situated at a short distance from the Borobudur in Magelang. The luxurious, somewhat colonial-style hotel has 18 differently decorated and comfortable rooms. Most rooms overlook a tropical garden, some rooms have a view on the Borobudur. The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. A lovely hotel. Number of rooms: 18 All rooms have AC, bathroom with shower, TV, telephone, Wifi, coffee and tea making facilities, minibar, safe and (small) balcony. Facilities: Restaurant (local and international cuisine), bar, very nice swimming pool, garden, Wi-Fi, dry cleaning / laundry service, massages, babysitting, lockers, bike rental, horse and carriage ride (andong tour) is possible, golf course and small-scale local businesses nearby. Since 2015, the hotel has stopped serving alcoholic beverages. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Duta Garden - Yogyakarta

Comfortable family hotel with very good service at a short distance from the centre. All spacious rooms have air conditioning, private bathroom and terrace with garden view. Facilities: Swimming pool, meeting room, laundry service, communication centre and 24 hour reception. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Merbabu guesthouse - Malang

The small-scale Merbabu guesthouse is located in the historic mountain district in the center of Malang within walking distance of Ijen Cathedral and Ijen Boulevard. Nearby you will find Indonesian and Western restaurants and a traditional Indonesian market. The Guesthouse has 8 deluxe rooms and 3 suites. All deluxe rooms are equipped with bathroom, TV, air conditioning, safe and kettle. The 3 suites also have a sofa bed and a hairdryer. The rooms do not have a seating outside, but it's nice to stay in the courtyard. Number of rooms: 11 Facilities: Cosy courtyard and friendly staff. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Lava View Cottages - Bromo

Lava View is a very simple hotel, but ideally located directly on the edge of the Caldera, about half an hour's drive from the viewpoint of the sunrise over the Bromo. With good weather you have a magnificent view of the Bromo and other volcanoes from the hotel. The sunset over the volcanic landscape is also very impressive. The hotel has various room types divided into superior, deluxe, family rooms and bungalows. The superior rooms are not recommended and only have twin beds. Number of rooms: 28 The simple rooms are equipped with bathroom, TV, coffee / tea making facilities and have a terrace. Facilities: Restaurant serving Asian and European dishes, breakfast buffet, Café, Wifi. There is often live music in the evening. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Margo Utomo I and II - Kalibaru

The plantation hotel Margo Utomo I is a simple guesthouse with a farm with Dutch cows and a mini plantation. When you stay at this hotel you can get a free guided tour of the plantation. Nutmeg, coffee, salak and palm oil are produced here in an eco-friendly way. You can also buy these products at the reception. The pool is a nice place to relax and you can eat inside or outside at the restaurant. All cottages are located in a beautiful garden, have a fan, private bathroom and terrace. The Superior and Deluxe rooms are located in the Margo Utomo II (Hill view) and are a bit further away. Number of rooms: 51 (I) and 30 (II) Facilities: Pool, restaurant, wifi (lobby), doctor, massage, Spa, tours-transport service and laundry service. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Jakarta

Jakarta

Jakarta, The Big Durian, you either love it or you walk away from it. It is the hometown of my mother, then called Batavia. In 1993 I was still in her birth house, a privilege that few Indos can still experience, as Jakarta has grown into a metropolis with about 17 million inhabitants. A lot of low-rise buildings have had to make way for skyscrapers that define the skyline of Jakarta.

Only the old city, Kota Lama, still shows many traces from the Dutch period. Be sure to visit Fatahillah Square with the National Museum and drink a cup of coffee in the nostalgic Café Batavia. Glodok, Jakarta's China town is within walking distance of Kota Lama. The old VOC warehouses and the fish market Pasar Ikan are also worth a visit.

I find it difficult to name a favorite restaurant. What I write today will be obsolete tomorrow. I would say check the internet and selamat makan, enjoy your meal!

Bandung

Bandung

Bandung was often called "Paris of Java". It was not until 2020 that I found out where that name came from: the many fashion shops, Mediterranean restaurants and other luxury boutiques gave Bandung a Parisian look at the beginning of the 20th century. Bandung no longer has that look, except perhaps in the famous Bragaweg, one of the best-preserved shopping streets in the world in Art Deco style.
It is a busy and modern student city, where many old buildings and houses from the colonial period have been preserved. There are architectural highlights such as the Gedung Sate, Villa Isola, the old Concordia, but also the hotels Savoy Homann and Grand Hotel Preanger take you back to the times when the planters came to enjoy their Sunday drink.

North of Bandung are the volcano Tangkuban Perahu, the mountain village of Lembang and the Dago Tea House are worth seeing. In the south you will find the Malabar tea plantation. Kawah Putih, the white crater, is also located in the south and together with Malabar is good for a full day trip. The golden crater Papandayan is more to the east and is special because of the many geysers and the golden rim at the top. The Papandayan is again good to combine in a day trip with the hot springs of Garut.
If you are on time, make sure to visit Saung Angklung Udjo in the afternoon: a dazzling performance of angklung music with dance and wayang golek performance by children from the neighborhood, accompanied and accompanied by descendants of the late Pak Udjo. He once founded a music school for the street children here, which has now grown into a beautiful stage for the children in the neighborhood. At some point you play along, despite your musical illiteracy.

Favourite restaurant

Just like in other big cities, good food is not hard to find. My favorite is Dapoer Pandan Wangi. Order the fried perch Gurame Goreng, not available in the Netherlands, with Terong Raos as a vegetable: aubergines baked in dough. You will never regret it!

Cimahi

South of Bandung is the town of Cimahi. During the Japanese occupation, the current barracks served as Jappenkamp, ​​where my grandfather and father had been interned for several years. In Cimahi is also the honorary cemetery Leuwigajah.

Borobudur

Borobudur

The Borobudur is a famous temple complex built in the 9th century. It’s situated on a small hill near Yogyakarta and surrounded by other temples and volcanoes. The complex is 47 meters high and consists of nine stacked platforms. The platforms represent the Buddhist cosmos. On the top floors there are 72 small stupas, which are built around one large central stupa, which symbolizes Nirvana.

The Borobudur is best visited during sunrise. The Sarasvati Borobudur hotel is a 1.1 kilometer walk. There are several hotels and resorts within 10 minutes, of which both small scale Rumah Dharma I and II are our favorites. For the traveler with a well-filled wallet, the Plataran Borobudur resort & spa is the ultimate choice (not to be confused with the big brother Plataran Heritage hotel, which is mainly geared towards wealthy local tourists).

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is the cultural center of Java, the soul of the island. It is also one of the nicest and most interesting cities in Indonesia. Partly because of the walled royal palace, Kraton, which is already a town in itself. You will find countless historical works of art and paintings. The gamelan is rehearsed daily in the morning hours, some days with dance and / or singing. The current sultan still lives on the palace complex.
The Water Palace, which can only be visited in the morning, is within walking distance.

For shopping you can visit the Marlioboro street with numerous stalls during the day and tasty food stalls in the evenings. Also visit the bird market Pasar Burung, one of the many batik galleries or go to the silver town of Kota Gede. In the evening you can attend a performance of the Ramayana ballet in the center.

Yogya surroundings

An hour from Yogyakarta is Borobudur, the world-famous Buddhist temple from the 8th and 9th centuries.
Closer is the Hindu temple Prambanan, where the Ramayana ballet is regularly performed.

Towards the coast is the town of Imogiri. Here is the final resting place of the rulers of Mataram, the Susuhunans of Surakarta, the sultans of Yogyakarta and other high Javanese nobles. The name comes from Sanskrit and means "Snow Mountain". You can decide to visit the sultans graves on the spot.

Especially on Sunday go to the beach of Parangtritis. You will be amazed how the locals enjoy the beach and get through the day taking selfies (preferably with you)!

Favourite restaurant

Yogyakarta has a lot of delicious restaurants, from murah (cheap) to mahal sekali (very expensive). The latter category includes Gadjah Wong , but the choice is huge and I believe I've never eaten such a tasty sambal goreng tempe Nice ambiance too!

If you are staying in the Prawirotaman district you should definitely visit Via Via a > for lunch pr dinner. Very nice atmosphere, not expensive and very tasty and you can find a lot of information about Yogya. They also give cooking classes.

The most authentic is to eat Nasi Gudeg at one of the lesehan (food stalls) at the Jalan Malioboro, a jackfruit stewed in coconut milk.

Malang

Malang

Ninety kilometers south of Surabaya is the charming city of Malang. Malang owes its first riches to coffee cultivation, but is now known as an apple city. The apples from Malang are exported worldwide. There are several fruit orchards in the vicinity of Malang. Malang is truly a breath of fresh air with its clean, spacious streets and neighborhoods lined with old colonial houses. Those who have a connection with the former Dutch East Indies will quickly feel at home here and recognize the house style. The 'mountain neighborhood' with the main street the IJen Boulevard was the neighborhood where my father grew up in the 1940s.

The beautiful Tugu hotel with ancient Chinese art is definitely worth a cup of coffee or an ice cream.

Also special is a walk through Kampung Warna Wira: the drab poor neighborhood has been completely refreshed by students in all kinds of colors. To enter the kampung, cross the river via a glass bridge.

Malang surroundings

A day trip through the mountains, along the places Batu and Selecta, Prigen and Lawang will take you to beautiful panoramas, various waterfalls, fruit plantations, hot springs and other nice stops.

The Bromo volcano is more than three hours away; our advice when you want to visit the Bromo is to stay overnight near the Bromo.

Favourite restaurant

I will not say that Toko Oen has Malang's most culinary cuisine, but definitely go there for lunch! The interior has not changed in 80 years. In addition to Indonesian dishes, there are also traditional Dutch dishes on the menu such as Uitmijter and Wiener Schnitzel .

Bromo - Tosari

Bromo

The most famous volcano in Java, the Bromo, is located in the Tengger massif. Together with the craters of the Batok and Widodaren, the Brom crater is located in a sand sea of ​​80 square kilometers, which is surrounded by the caldera rim.
Before sunrise, numerous jeeps with tourists drive to the Pananjakan viewpoint to watch the sun rise over the Bromo from there, watch the clouds sink into the sand sea and regularly see the Semeru volcano blowing off steam.

During the high season it is very busy, but about 500 enthusiasts can shoot photos and videos in peace and quiet.

After sunrise, the jeeps drive into the sand sea, to the foot of the Bromo crater and you walk another fifteen minutes through the sand sea (you can also rent a horse) to climb the 300 high steps to the crater rim. Your reward awaits ..

Your reward...

Kalibaru

Kalibaru

Kalibaru is most of the time your last stop on Java before you take the ferry to Bali. It’s a little village in the mountains close to the Raung Volcano near the Kawa Ijen plateau. The village is surrounded by plantations and it’s very pleasant to stay there.
You can make a trip with a Dokar (a small horse drawn carriage) or visit one of the plantations.

Surabaya

Surabaya

Surabaya is named after a shark, Sura, and a crocodile, Baya, who should have fought in the river Kalimas (the Golden River). Neither of them survived, and the place where they died is the centre of Surabaya.
The harbour is the second biggest harbour in Indonesia, the biggest harbour is in Jakarta.
The old harbour is a nice place to visit when you’re driving to it through the colourful quarters.
Nowadays Surabaya is a real trading town with lots of big office buildings and shopping malls. Old buildings, like the post office are still there, though a bit neglected.
The zoo in Surabaya is certainly worth a visit

History

A month and 2 days after the Proklamasi, the proclamation of the Republic of Indonesia, the Dutch tricolor fluttered on the roof of the then Oranjehotel (Nu Majapahit). Some Pemudas (freedom fighters) climbed on the roof to pull the blue stripe from the flag. It was the beginning of the Bersiap period, where especially in Surabaya the struggle turned out in all its ferocity and cruelty.

My Grandmother, uncle and mother lived in Soerabaya at the time as so-called Buitenkampers (who could prove that 50% or more was Indonesian was not interned in a Jappenkamp). During the Bersiap my uncle was arrested and held in the Van der Werfstraat prison. After an English / Indian liberation action, he was released with a fright. Grandma, uncle and my mother just escaped the attack on the Goebeng transport, because the trucks were full of other refugees. 200 women, children and soldiers were killed in the attack.
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