As you surf the Internet looking to find ‘real’ information about the idyllic island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, you will with great frustration find yourself bombarded with advertisements for villas, snorkelling trips and property for sale. You may even come across a Thai wife or two available for you. Koh Samui is an island with two very distinct sides to it. One is the commercial side, where 5-Star Resorts and accommodations picket the Internet for new visitors. The other side is one that most who know of it, keep it quiet.
Maenam is one of the secrets of Koh Samui without doubt. Here you will find many expats at home. Shops are more oriented towards those who live here, or holiday here on a permanent basis, such as famous celebrities and a plethora of movie stars.
If you are shopping in the local markets in Maenam you might have to give your head a shake as you recognise some of the stars or starlets blending in with the local people and living their lives paparazzi free. Maenam is an island home for many.