Low Costs For Traveling in South Kalimantan: A Travel Guidance

Lila BangsawanStarred Page By Lila Bangsawan, 17th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is a guidance for new travelers who need guidance during their journey to South Kalimantan. Some interesting places may be visited during the trip with low costs. Follow this guidance for your traveling.

Where Should We Start?

South Kalimantan is one of Indonesia Province and it is located between Java Sea at the south and the Province of Center of Kalimantan at the north. South Kalimantan Province does not has international airport. So if you want to visit it, you should go first to Jakarta airport then fly to South Kalimantan. The airport of South Kalimantan is at the edge of South Kalimantan capital city (Banjarmasin), and it is located between Banjarmasin city and Banjarbaru district. Where ever your destination, you should take a cab to go out of the airport.

Banjarmasin, the Capital City

As a new traveler, perhaps you will need a hotel for stay. Off course it will no problem for you who has high budget in your pocket. But, for some travelers who do not have much budget, probably you will need for little bit choosy in selecting where to spend the night with cheap price and get secure.

Banjarmasin as the capital city of South Kalimantan offers variety classes of hotels, from the cheapest hotel (with the rate only $6 per night) until the highest rate hotels with almost $50 per night.

There are also many kinds of foods for your breakfast, lunch or dinner. If your budget is limited, it's better if you walk out from your hotel and find some small restaurants around the city. South Kalimantan is a city with fish as the most famous foods., whether it is grilled or fried. At some small restaurants, the price of grilled or fried fish with 1/4 kilograms in sized is not more than $1. A bowl of chicken soup is charged for less than $1. In general, at small restaurants that you can find around Banjarmasin, the foods are charged with cheap price. This is not included middle or high class restaurants. These classes of restaurants will charge you for more than $10 per package. Off course, these classes of restaurants offers cozy and better service.

As travelers, perhaps you need to see interesting places around the city. In Banjarmasin, you may visit two main objects of tourism. The first is an Ancient Mosque "Pangeran Antasari" at Kuin street. From the hotel in square town, you may take "Ojek" (a motorcycle with a driver) for your local transportation to that place. The Ojek maybe charge you only $1. At the mosque, you will find ancient transcripts carved on woods.

Visit to Floating Market
South Kalimantan is also famous with its floating market. From the square town, you may take "Ojek" as well to that destination. But, you need to go there early in the morning, because this market will only open at 4 to 7 am. At the market, you will find many "jukungs" (traditional boats) that bring variety fruits, vegetables, fish, foods, clothes, and so on. To get more exciting, you may rent a Jukung to take you in the middle of the river and interact with the sellers. The rate of jukung renting is not more than $3.

Visit to Floating Market

South Kalimantan is also famous with its floating market. From the square town, you may take "Ojek" as well to that destination. But, you need to go there early in the morning, because this market will only open at 4 to 7 am. At the market, you will find many "jukungs" (traditional boats) that bring variety fruits, vegetables, fish, foods, clothes, and so on. To get more exciting, you may rent a Jukung to take you in the middle of the river and interact with the sellers. The rate of jukung renting is not more than $3.

Martapura is the Diamond City

Martapura district can be taken within 2 hours from Banjarmasin by a mini bus as a local transportation. The rate of the local transportation is not more than $1. But, if you need more safe, you may take a cab as your local transportation although the rate is more expensive (it's about $5). The mini bus or the cab will stop at the main bus terminal in Martapura district where you can find a market with diamonds as its main commodity. This is why Martapura named as the Diamond City.

Many jeweleries with varied beautiful stones as the ornaments are sold at that market. There are agates, amethysts, turquoises, and sapphires. The prices of those stones are varied based on their quality and colors of the stones, that is from $8 to $50.

Kandangan

From Martapura, you may take another 2 1/2 hours by a cab or minibus to Kandangan district. The minibus rate is not more than $2. This district is a very small district with fresh air and beautiful scenery. You can find a beautiful waterfall at Loksado village. Many travelers do their bamboo rafting at Loksado river.

Barabai

From Kandangan, you need to take a cab or another minibus to Barabai and it will take only 1 hour. The rate of minibus is not more than $2, and the cab is more expensive indeed.

In this district, another interesting place can be found. The name is "Batu Apu" Cave. In front of the cave you will see a stone that look like a pregnant woman lying down on the grass. According to some villagers, the stone was derived from a woman who was expelled by her mother because of wedlock. At Batu Apu Cave, you will feel wind gusts as well as see beautiful scenery.

Have a nice journey !!!

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
I am a teacher of an elementary school. I live in Bandung-Indonesia and have 2 sons. I will write on travel as my writing focus because I was a traveler around Indonesia areas when I was young.

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author avatar Buzz
17th Jul 2011 (#)

A highly informative article, Lila. An ideal guide for traveling there. Thank you.

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
18th Jul 2011 (#)

Glad to know this is useful for you, Buzz my friend. Thank you so much for your nice comment.

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author avatar Denise O
17th Jul 2011 (#)

Great information on traveling in South Kalimantan. I just love the floating market. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
18th Jul 2011 (#)

It's my pleasure, Denise. Thank you for passing by. Hope you can visit the floating market one day.

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author avatar Retired
17th Jul 2011 (#)

Interesting article...always enjoy reading about new places...

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
18th Jul 2011 (#)

I am happy you enjoy it, Starleena my friend. Thanks a lot. Best regard.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
18th Jul 2011 (#)

Beautiful information , pictures, and article, thank you Lila!

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
18th Jul 2011 (#)

It's my pleasure, dear Delicia. You always give me nice comments, thank you so much.

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author avatar purnomosidhi
9th Feb 2012 (#)

Interesting journey. Once day I want to try it. I like your writing about Kalimantan.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
15th May 2012 (#)

Beautifully narrated and shared. Thank you pal.

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