Easy to get to from Bkk on a minibus or big bus from Ekkami -160 bht.(2 and a half hours) Its on the sea - Samet island is another 20 mins away at Ban Phe. This is the heart of Thailands industry ; also serious agriculture and fishing port. The town is very modern but has a quainter older centre but you can get anything here. Big shopping Mall, 2 Big C's and major Tesco's, good nightlife and plenty of bars and restaurants. Housing is affordable and easy , so are jobs at 30000 bht a year. Not many tourists and the locals are really friendly . A good a place as any for a first year teaching job and a town where one would not feel too disorientated in. To escape you can fly with Bangkok airways from the local airport (Utapo) to Phuket and Koh Samui or travel south to Koh Chang. Transport in around the city is plentiful and so it's easy to get around if you don't want to brave the roads!