Banjarmasin Things to Do

  • Haratai waterfall
    Haratai waterfall
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  • A pier close to Muara Kuin
    A pier close to Muara Kuin
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    Barito River
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    Having breakfast.....a different way...

    by belgianchocolate Updated Jul 17, 2003

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    breakfast boat

    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?
    -boiled eggs
    -different sorts of Indonesian doughnuts
    -baked banana
    -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........

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    good fortune...

    by belgianchocolate Written Jul 16, 2003

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    chinese temple

    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...

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    the people...

    by belgianchocolate Updated Jul 19, 2003

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    lets pose

    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...

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    boat builders.....

    by belgianchocolate Updated Jul 18, 2003

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    boat island

    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.

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    sunrise over the rivers

    by ukirsari Written Sep 6, 2005

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    morning has broken at martapura river (c) ukirsari

    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.

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    floating market kuin and lokbaintan

    by ukirsari Written Sep 6, 2005

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    floating market kuin (c) ukirsari

    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.

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    exploring the canals

    by ukirsari Written Sep 6, 2005

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    city by the rivers (c) ukirsari

    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!

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    Everyday activity

    by black_mimi99 Written Oct 28, 2005

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    mi's

    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???

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  • Floating market

    by TheSentinel Written Dec 26, 2005

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    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.

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    the sunsets

    by belgianchocolate Written Jul 18, 2003

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    sunset

    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.

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  • Monkey Island

    by TheSentinel Written Dec 26, 2005

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    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.

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    Martapura

    by Rinjani Written Feb 12, 2011

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    Stone shop in Martapura's stone market

    Martapura is another busy city in South Kalimantan. The city is known as “Gem city” due to their famous stone mining. You can actually visit the stone mining in Cempaka, a small town that can be reached by detour of Banjarmasin-Martapura main road, before Banjarbaru. If you use public transportation, just tell the driver that you want to visit Cempaka. Unfortunately, it was too late for us to visit Cempaka.

    To reach Martapura from Banjarmasin, I took mini van from Terminal Km 6 in Jl Ahmad Yani, Banjarmasin. Martapura is a hub that connect Banjarmasin to Kandangan. It takes 45 min – 1 hour to reach Martapura from Banjarmasin.

    Martapura, another city who claimed as “Makkah Verandah” and proudly to claim as Islamic shariah city is a small and neat town. The stone market is located in the city center with the blue painted building. The market opens from 9 am – 3 pm. As souvenirs and jewellery that you plan to wear them yourselves, the array of stones are interesting. Don’t go into “diamond” or other precious stones offer by anyone who tries to approach you, as it usually a scam. Just go straight and do happy bargain and shopping.

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    visitting floating market at dawn

    by reezaldi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Lok Baintan Floating Market, Trade on the Boat

    by Rinjani Updated Feb 12, 2011
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    There are several floating markets around Banjarmasin, although the famous are Pasar (market) Lhok Baintan and Pasar Kuin. I was suggested by the boatman to visit Lhok Baintan instead of Pasar Kuin.

    I got Pak Madi’s name from an acquaintance who lives in Banjarmasin (www.kalimantanku.blogspot.com). If you are interested in hiring Klotok (boat), the number is in the picture at transportation tips. To reach Lhok Baintan, Pak Madi picked us up in front of Mesjid Raya at 5 am. (he is punctual, by 4.30 he already called to check where was I). From Mesjid Raya to reach Lhok Baintan, we cruised for around one hour. People who live along the river bank was already busy in the dusk time.

    According to Pak Madi, the market was established as people who live along the river bank trade their crop and harvest. As land transportation is considered more expensive, people prefer to load their harvest/crop to the boat and meet in one point. (I was told, this has happened long time ago).

    At 6 am, we arrived in the spot, there were only few sellers gather. Eventually, from different directions, people start coming. They are mostly women. I love the sight when they are approaching and I could have clear glimpse on what they loaded into their tiny boat; banana, coconut, vegetables, chicken and meat. Others brought snack and breakfast to sell. I love two things from them, (1) they ignored us, nodding head and smile then carry on with their activities (perhaps they have seen so many tourists before) leaving me contented as total observer. (2) women sellers look beautiful in their colorful dress, wide hat and powdered lipstick face. The bargain between the sellers was quick and quiet. They are trading while balancing themselves on the tiny boat and keep the boat steady. Around 7 am, the spots eventually quiet again. The sellers left the place, some with empty boat and others with loaded boat than before. It was the exotic, quickest and efficient trade that I ever witness. I could spend days at the spot just to watch their activities and be a happy observer.

    Don’t forget to stop by at Rumah Makan Soto Banjar Bang Amat on the way back from the market. It is one of the famous places for its’ Soto (clear or coconut milk soup with chicken and rice cake)

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    Bamboo rafting in Loksado

    by Rinjani Updated Feb 12, 2011
    Bamboo rafting in Loksado

    This is must do activity in Loksado. The crystal clear water from the river flows in Loksado will seduce you to have a dip. Bamboo rafting is most popular activity. To rent bamboo raft, the cost is Rp 200,000 for 2-3 hours raft from Loksado to Tanuhi. Just ask the hotel or lodge where you stay or ask the villagers near the entrance of Loksado village. The raft is mild and pleasant. You will pass forest, open farm field by the Dayak and villages. You can also request to stop in places if you are tempted to swim.

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