Photographer's Note

South Kalimantan is a province in Indonesia known as the Province of a Thousand Rivers. Characterized by rivers and canals meandering through the lowlands of Barito delta makes life of the indigenous Banjarese and Dayaks so dependant on this great waterways. This province has about one million hectares of wetlands which include tidal mashland and freshwater swamps. Barito is the main artery, being largest and the longest river in Indonesia which is abt 900 km long and one of its tributaries is the Martapura river which in turn has two tributary rivers of its own, the Riam Kanan and Riam Kiwa rivers.

Rivers are their lifeline, this is one reason why there are many floating markets on the delta. Making trips along the mighty Barito and Martapura rivers will provide a unique unforgettable experience. Lok Baintan, some 20km north of Banjamasin provincial river town, offers one of the most scenic traditional floating market on Martapura River least known to the outsiders. The view at day daybreak is so breathtaking when swarms of traditional canoes almost fully laden with market produce fill the riverscape in riots of colors and soon after buyers would arrive also in small canoes where buying and selling transaction is done on spot.

Most of the traders are women and some can be seen wearing their distinctive big hats called 'tanggui' but watching them skilfully manouvering the canoes is admirable and their traditional clothes seen from the distance are a true delight for the eyes; a colourful inspiration for any creative mind. Even from the distance you could see the colourful buzzing business of the market. Unfortunately the lively activity lasts for only about two hours till 8am but but it was at least as colourful and quite unspoiled with me being the only outsider.

Actual local time Exif + 1 hour

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