In the center to this small town, near the fresh products market, there 's The coffee shop.
Black coffee made with Chiang Mai coffee bean, 100% arabica, one of the best in the world, hot to the breakfast, iced during the day.
2 or 3 girls serve you, quite charming, maybe too serious, but always happy.
inside, outside, one good place in Kantaralak.
khao phra vihann(numerous spellings thai/khmer/cambodian) this place is a temple ruins set at the top of nemerous flights of ancient nga lined steps leadind up to the main temple on top of the cliffs over looking the cambodian plaines,i would say a certain degree of effort is needed to reach the top as it is in some places quite uneven although firm underfoot,i think some of the pathways have been repaired but only slightly as to keep things as they originally were,this is after all a world heritage sight.
At the time of writing this i am uncertain as to wether or not the temple is actually open to the general public,this is due to long and on-going border/land disputes between the Thai and Cambodian goverments,but if it is open you will be able to find out from the entrance to the khao phra vihaan national park, at the ranger station where you will have to pay an entrance fee,around 400Bpp for foriegn tourist.
To get to khao phra vihaan just head out of kantharalak on the 221 in the opposite direction of sisaket aprox 20-25 klm
It is so hot in the village that you need to keep drinking Chang beer because if the boys get you onto that Isaan whiskey (made from rice I think) then you will be sick.
At least I was for about 3 days!
If you are not too used to it you tend to get a very sore bum after awhile sitting on the cement floor.
We all drank and danced on this particular night and once we were drinking the language barrier didn't seem to matter at all.
While in Kantharalak you can take a trip around the town in one of these rickshaw type things.
I dont exactly know what you call them in Thailand, but I do know that I felt very sorry for this guy who had to peddle people around all day in one for a living!
In this one was myself, another adult and one small girl and we went for about one kilometer on a very hot day.
So he had to work pretty hard with all of us, but he kept up a good pace all the way.
I gave the guy a tip but gee what a tough job to have to do!
a few shops at the local tesco lotus, a new kfc, gold shop , book shop , food court, video game , music store, camera store , bank , phone shop , coffee and ice cream shop. Over au matui there is some nice cafes and a steak restaurant, some bars and a bakery , com shop , beauty salon, and clothing store .
There are a number of 'interesting' places to visit within easy reach from the center of kantharalak,such as the 'million bottle temple' just down the road in KHUN HAN, there is also a number of 'waterfalls' nearby such as hue chan waterfall,sam rong kiat waterfall, and at least two others who's names escape me just now,although the thais will call these waterfalls(namtuk) they are more like small slow flowing rapids in which people bathe,these places can get very busy at weekends and on public holidays and food is usually readilly available.