Top things to do

Top Choice Pub in Banjarmasin

People's Place

With 270 degrees of floor-to-ceiling windows and an open-air porch overlooking the river and mosque, this is the best hang-out in town. Cold beer, Western snacks and live acoustic music draw a youthful crowd. The ly…
Market in Banjarmasin

Pasar Terapung Lok Baintan

The more authentic of Banjarmasin's floating markets is about one hour by boat northeast of the centre on the Martapura River.
Mine in Banjarmasin

Cempaka Diamond Fields

Wooden sluices filter muck from pits where men stand chest deep blasting away at the sediment with water cannons. Mining at Kalimantan's largest diamond mine at its most basic, cheap, picturesque, and – for the bold…
Indonesian in Banjarmasin

Pondok Bahari

Pull up some floor space near the fountain and sink your teeth into some ketupat (sticky rice cooked in woven banana-leaf packets). Locals recommend the rowon daging soup, a Banjar take on an east Java favourite. Mo…
Seafood in Banjarmasin

Cendrawasih Sarahai

Delve deeper into Banjar cuisine at this renowned seafood spot where the catch is displayed in the window. Choose fish, seafood – massive prawns – or chicken grilled to order.
Market in Banjarmasin

Pasar Terapung Kuin

The closest floating market to central Banjarmasin is lively but touristy.
Museum in Banjarmasin

Museum Lambung Mangkurat

An above-average museum of local arts and history, with approximate English translations providing nuggets of information about pivotal events – such as the Banjar people sinking a Dutch warship in 1860, armed with …
Indonesian in Banjarmasin

Soto Banjar Bang Amat

This is the best known soto Banjar place in town and is consequently a bit touristy. It's a simple-enough place, with plastic chairs and open sides, but the location on the Martapura River is fine and the food, incl…
Mosque in Banjarmasin

Masjid Sultan Suriansyah

Though it marks the first Islamic place of worship in Borneo, the beautiful angular wooden building was reconstructed in 1746, leaving the oldest physical mosque accolade to Banua Lawas from the Tabalong Regency (16…
Mosque in Banjarmasin

Mesjid Raya Sabilal Muhtadin

This large, flat-domed mosque looks like something off a Star Wars set. During Ramadan, the famous Pasar Wadai (Cake Fair) runs along the adjacent riverfront.