Location : Kota Banjarmasin, Kalimantan Selatan, Indonesia.
Welcome to the city of bridges, rivers, canals and boats. It may be the Dutch’s very first base in Borneo hundreds of years ago with ever growing industrialization especially petroleum, plywood and the very popular ‘tikar lampit’ but certain things do not change at all – their farming life, river transportation and the floating/stilted houses along the banks of its Barito River and Martapura River. It is like time stood still for these simple Banjarese people. Some belian stilts might have buckled with age but the Banjar’s traditional life stays solid as ever and that is what makes the most ancient city of Borneo 700,000 people so unique.
House at Martapura river
Tourist boats(klotot) at the promenade
Tour operator office
Very well kept riverfront
This waterspraying monkey attracts many visitors
Icon of Banjarmasin Bekantan or proboscis monkey. Lighted with multiple colours at night
Strolling the streets of Banjarmasinafter dinner upon arrival, we bumped into Mr Oyonk a Dayak Ngaju from Muara Teweh. After chatting with him over ojek fees, he volunteered to give us a city tour for the next day. Little did we know that the next few days our lives in Kalsel would be in his hands and good hands too. We visited the tourism office to meet his friend, the old mosque inBanjarmasin and the interesting ‘Pasar Lama’ or old street market. Let our photos tell you more stories.