The Banjarmasin Rundown
Banjarmasin, the capital of South Kalimantan in Indonesia, is a cultural haven. While in the capital city, you may wish to visit the remnants of Banjarmasin’s palace. These can be found in Kampung Kraton. Here, you can see Masjid Sultan Suriansyah, the first mosque to be built in South Kalimantan. The area is also home to the royal burial site. The Museum Waja Sampai Ka Puting, contained within an ancient Banjarese house, is popular with tourists to the city. If you wish to see the second largest mosque in Indonesia, visit the Masjid Raya Sabilal Muhtadin, which was completed in 1981.
Banjarmasin is packed full of wide and mighty rivers. These rivers are an important part of Banjarese life. Catch the floating markets on the rivers each day in Banjarmasin. The rivers are also host to boat races and other festivities, so do not miss out on these. Take a canal trip along the waterlogged suburbs. Visit Pulau Kembang to see the long-tailed macaques at the decrepit Chinese temple. Purchase nuts in advance to feed them, and do not tease them with your own food. Alternatively, take a trip to Pulau Kaget and see the proboscis monkey. Banjarese, the name of South Kalimantan’s ethnicity, build unique houses and other structures. There are around 12 types of traditional Banjarese houses, so look out for these when you travel around the city.
When To Go
The Indonesian region of Kalimantan boasts year-round high temperatures, which peak at around 30°C (86°F). The climate of Kalimantan relates to its equatorial setting. Sunny weather is commonplace in Banjarmasin, so clothing suited to hot weather is essential. The area is relatively dry between June and October when precipitation is low. This dry season is when Banjarmasin is at its most popular as a vacation destination. Even during its hottest periods, Banjarmasin benefits from gentle ocean breezes that provide a pleasant cooling effect and ensures that periods of high humidity are bearable. December to March represents the city’s wettest period. In late winter and early spring, it is advisable to bring a light raincoat. Annual precipitation levels in this part of the world are around 30 cm (12 inches).
- Spring (mid-March to mid-June) 24-31°C (75-88°F)
- Summer (mid-June to mid-September) 22-31°C (72-88°F)
- Fall (mid-September to mid-December) 23-31°C (73-88°F)
- Winter (mid-December through mid-March) 25-30°C (75-86°F)
Travellers visiting Banjarmasin can access the city through Syamsudin Noor Airport (BDJ). The airport features a restaurant – perfect if you require refreshments after a long flight. Medical facilities are also to be found at the airport. The airport is just half an hour’s drive from the city centre. To get to the city centre, you can take a taxi. It is possible to catch daily flights from many Indonesian cities to Banjarmasin.
- Flights available to airport.
- Taxis can be taken to city centre.
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