Welcome to Rayong
A few hours by bus south from Bangkok (about two hours by taxi) you can find Rayong coast. This is the Thai's own vacation paradise. There are long, beautiful beaches and a nice relaxing atmosphere.
In Rayong and Ban Phe you find the genuine Thailand, it is ideal for those who want to experience the local Thai daily life, at the same time have a relaxing holiday. Thanks to many Thais are spending their vacation here, prices are lower than many other areas in Thailand.
Most tourists who go to Rayong, Ban Phe is just here to take the ferry from Ban Phe to the tourist island of Koh Samet, the rest of us often end up west or east of the village of Ban Phe, or Mae Phim. Here, tourism is not as well developed as in the larger and more (in)famous tourist resorts. Here it's the opposite, you have a great chance to encounter the "real" Thailand.
This part of Thailand is most famous for its long, beautiful and, on weekdays, almost deserted sandy beaches. There is absolutely no risk of having to jostle with a bunch of other tourists because the beach is so long.
It is not particularly a lot of tourists here, and during the low season the beach can almost feel a little desolate. Beach vendors are not the same as in tourist resorts either, those that are, are addressed to the Thais and selling fruit, lottery tickets and other items at low prices. There is not partying in the same way as tourist resorts with loud bars etc. although it is not difficult to find a caraoke party.
Rayong, Ban Phe, is in other words, perfect for those who want complete relaxation on your holiday. There is much to explore, if you choose to go to the tourist island of Koh Samet over a weekend or a day, and experience the normal tourist Thailand with all that comes with that... Those who come here to the mainland is still more aimed at experience things that Thai people hold in high regard, and that is to be by the sea with their loved ones, while eating plenty, and often ending the evening at an evening fireplace amongst good friends.