Divided into five distinct districts, each housing ancient, sacred sites and meandering waterways, Banjarmasin is a culture-filled city home to sights that attract travellers seeking an authentic Indonesian experience. Whether you're after budget Banjarmasin accommodation or more exclusive spa resorts, Borneo's "Venice of the East" has hotels that cater to all tastes and budgets.
Things to Do in Banjarmasin
A good place to start your adventure is with a boat trip to the Muara Kuin Floating Market, which takes place on the junctions of the Kuin and Barito Rivers. Witness traders paddling boats piled high with fresh fruits and vegetables, the bright colours of the boats and produce jostling on the water.
Ask your boat driver to drop you off in front of the riverside Sabilal Muhtadin Grand Mosque, where you can admire the 10-hectare manicured gardens, marble floors and enormous interiors, which can accommodate up to 15,000 worshippers. Jump back on a boat to head to the opposite side of the river to the colourful Chinese Taoist Temple. Worlds apart from the mosque, the small interior of this temple is filled with fragrant incense, and holds hundreds of red candles and lanterns.
As the sun sets, check out the Pasar Malam (night market) and wolf down a steaming bowl of spicy noodle soup. Then cool your pipes by sipping on the water of a freshly cracked green coconut!
Getting to & Around Banjarmasin
Domestic travellers can fly into the nearby Syamsudin Noor Airport. However, if you're coming from farther afield, you'll have to fly to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport and travel overland to your Banjarmasin hotel.
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