Floating market at Banjarmasin

May 5, 2009 by Luka 

Banjarmasin is known also for its wonderful floating markets. When I was travelling in Thailand I visited Damnoen Saduak floating market, but it was a big disappointment. The place was crowded with tourists and locals were selling more or less souvenirs. Since then I really wished to find a true floating market where locals trade their produce.

With Tailah, our guide (I mentioned him in previous post on Canal cruise), we visited floating market on Barito river. We started early in the morning when the market is at busiest. Unfortunately the sky was overcast so there was no nice light and I had to use fill-in flash.

Buying Rambutan.

Rich lady going for shopping.

A coconut for refreshment.

Sellers with their boats.

Banjarmasin is famous for its delicious cakes (Kueh).  They make them with bananas, coconuts, chillies, rice… We decided to have our breakfast on the river.

While our host was making the tea for us…

…Neja was picking the cakes wit a stick that had a spike at the other end.

Floating market at Banjarmasin on the Barito river was a great experience. We were the only foreigners there and local people were very friendly. If you are visiting Banjarmasin it is definitely worth getting up early and visiting the market! You can arrange a boat a day before, the boatmen know when and where to go.

And here is some literature we read during our trip:

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10 Responses to “Floating market at Banjarmasin”

  1. Andrej on May 5th, 2009 7:11 pm

    hmmm, looks tasty. nice photos also, my friend.

  2. alfin on May 8th, 2009 8:22 am

    nice shots, luka!
    interesting experience.. even i haven’t been there. someday, maybe..

  3. Nitha on June 22nd, 2010 9:06 pm

    Wooww… very nice pics… Thank you very much..!
    Great shot of unique traditional activity of Banjarmasin (river)..
    I was born and lived in Tanjung 5 hours from Banjarmasin the capital city of South Borneo province.
    I miss this place after moved to Eroupe and I also miss those food (cakes)..
    I will go back home soon :-)

  4. dody banjarmasin on June 18th, 2011 5:56 pm

    nice trip luka…

  5. shahroll photo on August 29th, 2011 6:15 am

    great posting! i just find out about Banjarmasin actually, drop to your blog! =D


  6. Lampit Rotan on April 21st, 2012 4:24 pm

    Nice picture, I proud of Banjarmasin as my hometown.. Lovely place, Lovely food, and Lovely people

  7. arya on December 26th, 2012 8:19 am

    come to banjarmasin, and i will take you a walk

  8. Luka on December 27th, 2012 1:26 pm

    Arya, i will let you know if I am back to Banjarmasin! :) Thanks!

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  10. berita banjarmasin on January 10th, 2014 8:33 am

    nice market.. banjarmasin floating market is the only one In Indonesia

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