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Banjarmasin Floating Market

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Tour Code: BTG-BORNEO9

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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.

  • 1 Night
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Pickup: Banjarmasin, Borneo (BDJ)
Itinerary Banjarmasin floating market

DAY 1:BANJARMASIN – CANAL TOUR      ▼

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.

Meals:  

Accommodation: Swiss-Bel Hotel Banjarmasin

DAY 2:HOTEL - FLOATING MARKET - HOTEL – AIRPORT      ▼

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.

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation

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Price Includes

  • 1 night accommodation at the hotel in Banjarmasin
  • Transfers airport - hotel - airport
  • Transfers hotel - river - hotel
  • English speaking guide
  • Banjarmasin Tour
  • A unique experience!

Price Excludes

  • Domestic/international flights. We can reserve the tickets, ask us for more details
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)
  • Visa
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, personal expenses
  • Extra expenses occurred due to causes beyond our control (force majeure) such as cancellations of flights, natural disasters, diseases, etc.
  • Everything that is not mentioned in “INCLUDES”
Map Banjarmasin Floating Market

FAQ

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

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.

What should I bring?

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:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater Trip:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adaptor DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Landtour and Trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some area like Mt Bromo and some other places at high altitude, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Hats
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Towel (preferably quick dry microfiber towel)
  • Flight tickets (keep the soft copy in your mobile)
  • Valid passport with Valid Visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Travel/Dive Insurance
  • Personal medication (include contact lenses)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card are widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adaptor (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc, etc)

How Do I Get to Banjarmasin?

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.

How Hard is Our Tour?

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.

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