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Ban Phe is on the Gulf coastline of Eastern Thailand, in Rayong Province. It is about 25 km from the town of Rayong, between Sattahip and Chanthaburi. For maps and basic information about the town Ban Phe .
Ban Phe exists as a port for ferries to Ko Samet and for limited fishing. Ferries between Ban Phe and Ko Samet usually take 20-45 minutes, depending on the speed of the boat and which beach/pier they use.
There are direct 1st class air-con buses between Ekamai (Eastern) Bus Terminal in Bangkok and Ban Phe, departing hourly.
Turn right off Sukhumvit Road at kilometre 231 and keep going for 5 kilometres or turn right at kilometre 238 and keep going for 3 kilometres.
Bangkok Airport Limousines  will drive you to the pier in 2.5 hours or less in a luxury sedan. Taxis will want to negotiate a rate before accepting the ride, because they run a risk of coming back empty.
Ban Phe is little town and not too difficult to traverse. The entire town is about 4 km long so walking is possible. There are also plenty of motorcycle taxis.
Going to Koh Samet you can take a speed boat for more than 2000 THB or take the ferry for 50 THB, Arrived you will take taxi and have to pay entrance fee to national nature park.
Want to see some things then ask the staff at Bedrock, Christies or Tawan-Inn for their ideas they will help you. Both Tawan-Inn and Bedrock rent motorcycles.
While the beaches in the immediate area of Ban Phe are not very nice due to the pier, go a few km in either direction and the beaches are quite nice and practically devoid of western tourists.
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 five-star resorts and condos along this stretch of beach
Heading west will eventually lead you to the beach Hat Mei Rum Pung. 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.
In the fish market, many shops offer local seafood products such as fish sauce, sun-dried cuttlefish, dried shrimp, etc. Just half a mile from the fish market are the local tourist trinket markets - key chains made from seashells and grotesque blowfish lamps. Most of this tchotchke is meant for the local Thai tourists who stream down from Bangkok on weekends. But if you are a serious seashell collector you can find some bargains tucked away at the stalls in the back.
TEFL International , offers 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.
Bedrock Bar Grill Quality western food and they have seperate kitchen for traditional thai food. The bar is unique, done up like the flintsones house (hence the name Bedrock) and great music. prices are very competitive.
Christies Bar is a quality venue, great bar, staff, food (western and thai) and music.
Tawan-Inn Has 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.
A few great bars one being Bedrock Bar and the other being Christies they are about 350 metres on both sides of Tawan-Inn. Beer is very cold everywhere and they are all stocked with wines and spirits. Prices don't differ too much, though Christies is most expensive.Tawan-Inn has a nice garden to sit in.
to Ko Chang: shared minibuses depart regularly to the Laem Ngop piers, where you can get onto the car ferries to the island. Private minibuses  will carry passenger the entire way to their resort on Koh Chang, not just the ferry, and include ferry tickets with their rates.