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Visiting Indonesia? Why Not Stop By Banjarmasin?
Visit Meratus Mountains
This large and spacious area is one of the best attractions in South Kalimantan if you want to go trekking or kayaking. For those interested in trekking, the forest is home to unique, Indonesian fauna and flora throughout the mountains. In addition to the lush forests, head over to the diamond mine at Maraputa but avoid the diamond market as it is not as good as many make it out to be. But one thing is for certain: Bring a sleeping bag and mosquito spray to protect you from forest bugs.
Lok Baintan Floating Market
The Lok Baintain Marketplace is found on the Martapura River, and has been a mark of the city for hundreds of years. People meet each other each day at dawn, buying and selling goods they carry on a small boat or canoe. Open from 6 AM to 8:30 AM each day, visitors are able to buy anything from fruits and cakes to other forms of local cuisine. Boats can be rented from the city center, or you can find a guide who will carry you. Give them an hour to make it to the location because of congestion on the river.
Stop by the Sabilal Muhtadin Mosque
This mosque is the largest in all of Indonesia, built as a tribute to the Grand Scholar Sheikh Muhammad Al-Banjary Arsyad, the man who brought the Islamic religion to Indonesia and, more specifically, to South Kalimantan. The architecture of the building is the main attraction worth photographing its beauty. The mosque was built in the 1980s.
Look at some of the local gem stores
Banjarmasin has traditionally been a mining city and has been one of the largest gem exchange locations in Indonesia. Stopping in to some of the local gem stores will allow you to read and discover the result of its years of history, as well as breathtakingly beautiful precious stones in some of their purest forms. The diamonds in the area are particularly known for their radiance and earthly glow.
Have a plate of Soto Bajar
'Soto bajar' is the local dish of the area, and is a kind of soup served with lime. Another dish is called 'ketupat kandangan,' which is a ketupat dish with coconut milk soup often served with either chicken or snake meat. Don't worry if you're not up for some snake meat in your soup; it practically tastes like chicken.
While in Indonesia, take the time to pay a visit to Banjarmasin. While not a traditional bustling tourist destination, the city allows visitors to experience Indonesian culture in a way that more touristy stops do not, and the natural beauty of the area is worth taking in.