Although Ban Phe is really just a launchpad for nearby Ko Samet, travellers occasionally still find themselves stranded at this busy port town. While accommodation exists, if time is on your side you may as well get that extra night on Ko Samet.
Centrally located above the most popular traveller bar and restaurant in town, Christie's has four reasonably comfy rooms. A key is required to access a downstairs door, then another to enter each room at the top of the stairs, making this a secure choice. Rooms are simply decorated but well-kept and equipped with air-con, WiFi, TV, safe, fridge and ensuite hot water bathroom. The small cluster... Read our full review of Christie's.
If you're on a true backpacker budget, the easy-to-find Diamond should do the trick. We wouldn't even call it a “diamond in the rough”, but for the price, it's a wee bit better than you might expect. Rooms are showing some wear and are totally lacking character, though the ones we saw seemed well kept. TVs in all rooms and sea views from the upper floors are an added bonus. We also found the... Read our full review of Diamond Hotel.
A 300 metre walk further west past the Diamond Hotel brings you to Mac Garden, which offers the most swish accommodation in Ban Phe. All rooms are set back a good distance behind the resort's imposing two level restaurant, so unless the neighbours are staying up partying in the room next door, this a very quiet choice. Surrounded by tropical foliage, free-standing deluxe wood bungalows are... Read our full review of Mac Garden.