Discover first hand one of the most important floating markets in Asia (The Banjarmasin Floating Market) Also, if you like photography, you can capture one of the most unforgettable prints in Indonesia. On this excursion off the usual routes of travelers, you will immerse yourself in the traditional life of the locals who, living along rivers and canals in houses held by pylons, carry out their daily trades on board their boats. Get ready for an explosion of color and tradition.
Your Banjarmasin Floating Market tour begins upon arrival at Banjarmasin airport on the island of Borneo, your guide will be waiting to take you to your hotel and check in. Then we will take advantage of the afternoon to go to the canals and visit the city of Banjarmasin by canoe, enjoying the daily life of merchants and people along the river. Return to the Hotel to spend the night.
Accommodation: Swiss-Bel Hotel Banjarmasin
At 4.30 AM in the morning you will have to be prepared because your guide will be waiting for you to take you to the Fruit Market that every day is open on one of the channels of Banjarmasin. They will take you to the largest one, an hour away. Then you will get on a traditional canoe type boat, to enter the floating market, one of the most photogenic markets in Indonesia. This market opens every day, and does not depend on tourism at all, as it is a totally local and traditional market.
When you finish living this experience first hand, depending on the time of your flight, you will return to the hotel for breakfast and take you to the airport. It is a pleasure to be able to show you the most unknown places in Indonesia.
Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months. In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.
If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.
The tropics is a warm and often sweaty place, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestion on What to Wear:
Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:
Landtour and Trekking:
There are daily flights from many Indonesian cities including from Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Balikpapan, Sampit and Pangkalan Bun to Banjarmasin’s airport of Syamsuddin Noor (BDJ) The airport is 26 km from Banjarmasin, or about half an hour‘s drive from the city.
We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.
Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.
Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.
Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.