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Ban Phe

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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 [1].

Understand

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.

Get in

By bus

There are direct 1st class air-con buses between Ekamai (Eastern) Bus Terminal in Bangkok and Ban Phe, departing hourly.

By car

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 [2] 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.

Get around

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.

See

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.

Do

Beach

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.

Buy

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.

Study

TEFL International [3], 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.

Eat

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.

Drink

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.

Sleep

  • Bedrock Guesthouse 10 rooms (6 aircon and 4 fan rooms). Nice rooms 300 metres east of bus station facing the ocean. Aircon rooms 750 baht per night. free wifi. pool table and satellite tv's outdoors. Western kitchen and Thai kitchen.
  • Christies Guesthouse has 4 Aircon rooms, Satellite TV in the rooms, Aircon, city center location opposite the piers, helpful staff, room rates approx 500 baht per night.
  • Tawan-Inn [4] 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. Prices between 400 and 2000 Baht per night. Free Wifi in both building and garden.
  • Ban Phe apartments [5] offers different sized apartments for short and long term visitors (families are welcome). Prices between 1500 and 3300 Baht per night.

Get out

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 [6] will carry passenger the entire way to their resort on Koh Chang, not just the ferry, and include ferry tickets with their rates.


Routes through Ban Phe
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