Ban PheEastern Thailand in Rayong Province. Ban Phe was previously mainly known as a stop-over for the Ko Samet National Park “Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet" as well as a seafood processing town, mainly for fish sauces. Today tourism is steady growing and Ban Phe gets a major source of income from tourism.
Ban Phe is about 25 km from Rayong, between Sattahip and Chanthaburi. Ban Phe For maps and basic information about the town.
Airport Public Transportation Service, Bangkok Airport Limousines , or public transport will drive you to the pier in 2.5 or fewer hours.
Ban Phe is a small town and not difficult to traverse. The entire town is about 4 km making it easy to get around on foot. There are also plenty of motorcycle taxis.
To get to Ko Samet from Ban Phe port you can take a speed boat for around 2,000 baht or take the ferry for 50 baht which departs approximately every hour depending on how close to capacity each ferry is. A number of tour companies operate from the port, they are mostly fair and reliable.
Hat Maerampung Beach
Kao Yai DaZiplines and rainforest tours.
Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National ParkTropical forest.
Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National ParkThe park totals an area of 81,875 rai including land, sea, and islands. Its major attractions include Mae Ramphueng Beach, Khao Laem Ya, and Samet Archipelago.
Rayong AquariumIn the Eastern Marine Fisheries Research and Development Centre (ศูนย์วิจัยและพัฒนาประมงไทยฝั่งตะวันออก), it houses various kinds of fish and sea plants. The centre conducts research on marine biology.
Suan Son beach
Heading east out of town 2 km leads you to Suan Son National Pine Forest. The road runs right along the beach and the farther away from town you get the nicer the water is. Once you get 3 km from town the beaches are almost as nice as those on Samet. With only one short incursion inland, the road basically runs along the sea all the way to Lam Mei Pim, 24 km away. There are several luxury resorts and condos along this stretch of beach.
Heading west will eventually lead you to the beach Hat Maerampung. The road is not direct, but if you make the trip you will find 7 km of very nice beach with a number of restaurants, resorts, and cheap hotels.
TEFL InternationalOffers TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) courses on a monthly basis. Tours of the school are given during regular business hours, and drop-ins are welcome to stop by and audit a class for free.
Christies Bar and RestaurantA quality venue, great bar, staff, food (Western and Thai) and music. Also has 4 air-con rooms, satellite TV in the rooms, helpful staff. Room rates approximately 500 baht per night.
Tawan Inn Restaurant and BarHas a chef with 10 years experience in Europe, who prepares both Thai and Western food of high quality. Dining outside in the garden is possible. Also has 8 rooms, all with marble bathrooms. Fan and air-conditioned rooms available. Two rooms are single rooms with big balcony. The 2 suites are spacious. Free Wi-Fi in both building and garden.
Super Aroi Som Tamtraditional Isaan Papaya salad
Ban Phe ApartmentsOffers different sized apartments for short- and long-term visitors (families are welcome).