Ban Phe, Rayong, Thailand
Though nowhere near as enticing as the beaches on Ko Samet, exploring the town will show you life in a typical Thai port town with a particularly welcoming lot of locals. Head away from the bus station and the seashell stands and you'll get a different sense of Ban Phe -- the further you walk, the more interesting and local it becomes.
Take a stroll down the beach to the east of town if time allows -- it's a pleasant tree-lined stretch of sand, and beats sitting in a traveller cafe waiting for your boat or bus. Travellers tend to only sleepover if they're waiting for a boat to the island, but if you're interested in a 'Thai style' beach experience
, head west along the coastal road to Rayong, or to Laem Mae Phim beach
25 kilometres to the east.
Ban Phe is approximately:
7 Km to Koh Samet
20 Km to Rayong
70 Km to Pattaya (1 hour drive)
220 Km to Bangkok (2 hours drive to the international airport)
Ban Phe Sport & Golf in Rayong
: On every beach available.
Club Ban phe: "It's totally free. Come, ride and enjoy". More information under www.facebook.com/rayongbiketours
Cable rides and rainforest tour
(~25Km away from Ban Phe): Canopy adventures in the rainforest of Kao Yai Da. Booking can be done trough every travel agency or through the main office in Pattaya. More information under www.canopyadventuresthailand.com
Ban Phe fitness
: 309/48 Soi Tawan, near La paillote guest house (former Tawan In Guesthouse). More information under www.banphefitness.com
: The province Rayong is surroundet with various golf clubs and ranges.
Kayak, Surfing & Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Rayong Century Country Club: 81 Moo 6 Sukhumvit Rd. Tumbol Banchang Rayong 21130
- St. Andrews 2000 Golf and Country Club/ Rayong Green Valley: 9/36 Moo 7 Banchang Rayong 21130
- Great Lake Golf & Country Club: 77 Moo 5, Mabyangporn, Plueak Daeng, Rayong 21140
- Eastern Star Golf Course: 241/5 Moo 3, Ban Chang District, 21130
- The Emerald Golf Club: 81 M. 6 Banchang Rayong 21130
- Wangjuntr Golf Park: 129 Moo 6 Payubnai Wangjuntr Rayong 21210
: At Hat Maerampung beach. More information under 08 3305 0107 (english) and 08 3305 0106 (thai)
Muay Thai & Boxing
: 7 Muay Thai GYM and beach Resort. The Camp is open for athletes of every level, fighters as well as amateurs. Tel: 06 16 06 69 09. More Information under www.7muaythai.com