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Banjarmasin Floating Markets

Start your morning with the freshest local fruits and vegetables for your healthy breakfast

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This is the best place to feel like a local person—at least for a while. The only drawback of this occasion is that it lasts only for a few hours and you have to know the real price or have a reliable guide. There are two floating markets in the Banjarmasin area: in Muara Kuin and in Lok Baintan on the Martapura River, the less popular one due its further location from the city.

The Banjarmasin floating markets is a unique venture. It happens only in the morning from 5 AM till 9 AM, and you have to be an early bird to get fresh produce. Women from nearby villages row their thin boats to the place where two rivers meet in the outskirts of the city. There they sell fruit, vegetables, home-made pastries, and other goodies. People can either buy for money or barter.

Some women may also bring ethnic instruments and perform music.

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