One of the most famous landmarks of South Kalimantan is Banjarmasin with its labyrinth of canals and it's floating markets. These traditional markets take place on the Kuin River. At daybreak, boats come from nearby villages and bring vegetables, fruits, spices and chilies, fish and shrimp, and other daily needs.
Buyers also come to the market in small boats and close their transactions on the water. As day breaks, the atmosphere becomes more cheerful. The number of buyers and boats increases. At a little past noon, the market calms down. And empty boats leave. The best time to see market in action is in the early morning, between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Things to do near Banjarmasin
Besides hosting the famous floating markets Banjarmasin´s canals also invite to take a boat tour. See local people living their lives along the canals. It is useful to hire a guide for such a tour. Ask at your hotel reception for assistance.
On Jl Sudirman you´ll find one of the most impressive mosques in Indonesia. Don´t miss to stop by here. Visitors must wear long pants and proper shirts.
The city of Banjarbaru is located about 30km from Banjarmasin. Here the Museum Lambung Mangkurat has a good collection of Banjar and Dayak artefacts.
Travel to Banjarmasin
Banjarmasin is well connected within Indonesia. Syamsudin Noor Airport, which is 26km from town, serves flights to many cities and Trisakti harbour receives Pelni ships from Jakarta, Surabaya and Semarang. An alternative is the Dharma Kencana ferry service, which goes to Surabaya.