Welcome to Banjarmasin
Banjarmasin capitalises on its waterways and river life – its early-morning floating markets are among the most photogenic city sights in all of Kalimantan. But as more locals board up their back porches to bathe without fear of prying eyes and snapping cameras, and as the government buys up waterfront property for parks and mixed commerce, the riverfront dynamic is slowly changing, perhaps for the best. The rest of the city is a sprawling beast, with the chaotic commerce of the city centre turning eerily quiet at night, save for the night market holding out against the megamalls sprouting up in the suburbs.
If you're travelling overland around Kalimantan, Banjarmasin is an essential stopover and a good base for visiting the trekking region of Loksado.