From Mae Rumphueng, the next developed area is around ten minutes’ drive to the east, where you’ll find the small town of Ban Phe. This is the jumping off point for ferries to Koh Samet, and is therefore popular with backpackers. The beaches close to the town are not very impressive, hence why most visitors continue onwards to Koh Samet. However, just a few more kilometres east, there’s the lovely (and usually deserted) Suan Son beach.
As with Mae Rumphueng, the beach benefits from a line of trees providing plenty of shade. There are lots of seafood restaurants here, but for accommodation, its best to stay in Ban Phe town, which has several cheap guesthouses and hotels mostly aimed at the backpackers heading to Koh Samet. Or, if you head further east, there are dozens of resorts each with their own private beach. After Suan Son, most of the beaches to the east are either private or have very limited facilities.