No trip to Thailand is considered complete without visiting Pattaya. Once a sleepy fishing village, Pattaya was completely transformed during the Vietnam War when a group of about 100 American service personnel landed here to relax in April, 1961. Ever since, the city and its entertainment industry have grown so much that it is today unthinkable for first time visitors to Thailand to skip visiting Pattaya. As one of Thailand's major tourist destinations, Pattaya is well connected by road, rail and air. The city is also gradually turning into a premier retirement destination for foreigners because of the tropical weather, exotic life and very low cost of living.