Do you remember , your childhood days? Going to the fair and fishing for little ducks?
Well your going to need that skills now.
If you rent a boat to go to the floating marked I recommand you have breakfast as well at the marked.
First you let your captain get really close to the boat of the restaurantman. Then you get a stick with a nail in it so you can pick your breakfast.
Whats for breakky?
-different sorts of Indonesian doughnuts
-lontong (rice wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked for several houres so it becomes sort of a ricebal. Can be perked up with some nuts ...)
-some really tasty sweet things. (the green things in a plastic wrap)
-a sort of pretzel
-some really delicious coffee
Just a little story I wanted to ad.
At the other side of the boat , a boat with like 12 little girls came for breakfast. As we had to pay our bill it turned out to be 13.500 IR.
( Very cheap - we had 4 coffee , 26 pieces , and one lunchwrap)
They all where looking over the restaurantboat at us to see who had eaten such a large amout of sweeterys.....and the boatsman pointed at me........
Just to make sure our trip had an happy ending we paid visits to every possible religion in the city...
So we did make an offer at this chinese temple. This is a nice one. But the other one , more located in the center is nicer...
Don't worry to wander arround. These people are verry proud about the building and are happy that you are interested and taking pictures...
The people here are the largest attraction.
So open , happy...
Totally different from european culture is that these people love to pose for pictures. It is sort of an honor.
A small hint : it might be useful not to where your camera visible. They seem to be realy dissapointed when you don't want to take a picture of them.
Lontong : If you look behind these girls you can spot a whole shelf of lontongs. Careful woven leaves filled with rice and cooked for a few houres...
The day we rented a boat to go to the floating marked , we also stopped by an island where 500 families lived.
The major activity of the island was building boats.
A boat lasts about 7 till 10 years- depends on which wood was used - before it fades away.
Even the nails are made of wood. Iron wood. They also use this wood for the piles of the houses.
A boat cost arround 2.500 000 ir.
banjarmasin has 2 main rivers; martapura and barito which used as trade places among the locals as floating markets. enjoy the local scene in early morning by the rivers while awaiting the sunrise with a cup of tea or coffee. just order from a boat who offers delicacies.
these are nice floating markets where the sellers in canoes gather around and sell many kinds of fruits, veggies, meals and snacks. if you're interesting just order and pull up the canoe beside the seller's.
banjarmasin, mainly tradings among locals happened on the rivers. so does the transportation, one to another connected by bridges and canals. then how about houses? also by the rivers. so exploring through the canals will be nice and feel how lively the rivers' life there!
We also can see the local people who live around the Barito River, in the morning they will take a bath in the river...:) so if you feel so hot, you just can jump to the river and swimming...:) or need toilet???
You can see a real functioning floating market (not the tourist trap in Bangkok). Hire a boat from by the Belhotel and go early (ie 6-7am). Look out for the boat selling refreshments (see picture) - this seems to be the one making the most money. You're unlikely to see many, if any, other tourists around.
Aaah , those banjarmasin sunsets... you will have to be patient I'll ad some amazing ones later on.(now on color slides)
A budget travel tip...completely for free.
Since kalimantan is right under the equator , sunsets happen very fast.
Another thing is that the evening comes very early.
If you're renting a boat to see the floating market you can extend the trip and go to see the monkey island. There is also a temple on the island and a sort of tropical forest area too.
You can buy nuts at the entrance, but unless you concentrate the monkeys will probably very quickly steal the whole bag off you.
Muara Kuin on the Barito River, Banjarmasin is one of two floating markets in this planet. To experience Banjarmasin you must take to the river, either by “klotok“ (river bus), or a speedboat for longer trips. At this market we can buy many variuos fruits and vegetable. One of the fabulous character of this river tourism market is “jukung” or “klotok”. Jukung is the name of tradisional boat in Banjarmasin.
During five hundred years, the Kuin floating market being the favorite place in Banjarmasin. In 1526, Sultan Suryansah build the capital city of his kingdom at the side of the river. It was an old Kuin. However, Kuin have a strong historical relationship to the birth of Banjarmasin city. At this place, the live of Banjarmasin trading began.
T o have any exotic floating market experiences, we can also sail the river into Lok Bintan, another floating market in South Kalimantan. The market float at the Martapura River, Kabupeten Banjar. But, the Kuin market is most famous than Lok Bintan because of it more far location from Banjarmasin.
Barito is one of a big river on the island of Borneo, its split Banjarmasin into two part, one part where the site of Banjarmasin downtown as an administratif of South Kalimantan Province, the other site is the jungle with its shaw mills logging along the river banks.
The Barito River is the longest river in South Kalimantan with its length of 600 kilometers, and it's three kilometers wide give an impression to see. The water of Barito River is muddy as it carries silt and rubbish from the hinterland.
During high tide, the sea water floods the area, and the Barito river water becomes salty. In the dry season, when the river water decrease, the wells and ponds are filled with sea water, and also become salty
The Floating Market of Banjarmasin is a traditional market at the estuary of the Kuin river, a tributary of the Barito. The existense of settlements along both side of Kuin River which was begins since many centuries ago is one of fascinating view of Banjarmasin city.
Floating Market or Pasar Terapung is a traditioil market on the river of Barito, this is a trading activities of peoples who live along the Muara Kuin (Queen Estuary) where buyers and sellers use a small canoe or JUKUNG towards Barito river and undergo their transact
The transaction is open from very early morning at about 05.00 AM and lasting at about 08.00 AM during which time the tourist would see so many peoples with their small canoe or Jukung selling various kinds of commodities and daily necessities, something like fruits and vegetables, spices