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  Floating market in Banjarmasin
by jungles

The major highlight of Banjarmasin is its floating market. Unlike other 'floating markets' that have turned into souvenir markets for tourists, such as the ones near Bangkok in Thailand or on Inle Lake in Burma, this one is still authentic. To get there, we had to wake up before 6am and go down to the river to hire someone to take us to the market, half-an-hour away by small boat. About 40 canoes make up the market: they're filled with people who paddle there from miles away with
their fruits, spices and anything else they can sell, jostling for position with everyone else. And so for a few hours they just trade away with each other from their boats. It's great that something like that still goes on the way it has for centuries. And it was very photogenic at dawn

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  • Written Apr 22, 2006
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