"Cempaka, diamonds and hospitality" Indonesia Things to Do Tip by global_explorer

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Cempaka is known for the diamondmining going on there. To get there you have to take the bemo from Banjarmasin to Martapura, and on to Cempaka. I arrived early in the morning when the miners went to their mines. It was like arriving in the goldrush of California or Klondyke, but far less dangerous. Here tourists are welkome to look around. Dousins of miners with their equipment over the shoulder looked at me from beneath their hats, the faces were tough and hardened by the mercyless sun, but when they smiled the faces changed totally. I was vaught by one digger, who offered me tea and oranges at the small workerswarung. He refused to let me pay. I was his guest. End of discussion!! After he showed me the hole diggingprocess, and i felt even more in the wild west.

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  • Written May 27, 2004
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