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Tropicana Koh Chang and their cats

Live sculptures

Live sculptures

My sister Olga loves animals - she is always collecting some food in restaurants and kitchens and then running around looking for cats and dogs to feed. One day she could not find any creatures, but met a serious German lady who is as crazy as Olga. She said she would wait for the cats to turn up even if late into the night, so Olga gave her the plastic bags with her offerings.

The garden in the Tropicana resort is huge and there are many water basins - ponds and canals, full of fish. Little wooden bridges make it fun for cats to reach down and hunt their prey. You can see in the pictures how Ginger is setting herself for a an hour of fun. Ginger is a very hard working cat, unlike her friend, the Queen of the Night. The Queen has never done a decent day of food hunting, but as a true model, recognises her photogenic little body and is hanging off pedestals, arranging herself on benches, rolling in the sun and constantly looks simply fabulous

 I have a friend like that. He is a natural poseur, but at the same time looks good in every pose, from every side. What can you do? Nature is funny like that.

Meanwhile Ginger has her cunning green eyes and is acting as the overachiever she is. Her body is almost golden and is shining in the afternoon sun. Ginger joins customers on their balconies and waits in the best chair when they bring some snacks to eat. She is not shy or fearful, simply jumps on the chair and feels she belongs. Ginger talks. She mieows a few times but if you tell her that everything is fine, she stops and starts purring. She has a scrawny little sister, Pauper, the same colour but much younger and skinnier. Pauper spends her time chasing guests around and weaving herself between their legs. There is absolutely no way you can get rid of her if she is planning to take a walk with you. Cleaning and gardening staff say "don't let them into the room, because you will never get them out". Clearly, cats are keeping staff under their little feet.

I was running around with a plastic bag of chicken legs that we had not managed to consume. Pauper simply jumped in it and started chewing before I've managed to put the bag on the ground. I was pleased she was alone, as she definitely needs feeding
 Pauper is not your Oliver Twist, she does not have a tiny little voice asking for some more. She has a nasal demanding scream and she does not care if she is cute or what.

Interestingly, both cats and dogs in Koh Chang would not be moved out of people's way. We have a friend who is an artist. His fluffy yard dog sits in our way and we have to virtually climb over him in order to enter the studio. The same thing in Tropicana. All the cats stand on their iron smooth feet and hold on to the ground under them. You move to the side - they quickly follow, squeezing themselves behind your calves and enveloping your ankles. You raise your leg looking for a place to step on - they spin and twirl themselves under your feet just to make sure you keep on jumping and falling over. I think this habit says something about Thai people who obviously do not kick them - ever.

Cats are all over the garden lying on top of every box, step, fountain and bench making live sculptures. I saw Snowflake several times and she was often in a pose unknown to nature. You would think - get yourself comfortable, but no, Snowflakes' legs hang down like another two tails. Cats are very strong animals and can jump five times their length. But do they want to? Not often. They are elegantly lazy.

Tropicana cats' faces are not the same as in London. Their chins are much slimmer and have a cute Katie Holmes look, with a touch of a pouty and sour Victoria Beckam. They look like wild animals, but at the same time have a survival look "I will cheat you and fool you and you will never know". Their eyes are "oriental" and they often have a concentrated gaze

I am not an animal person like Olga, but I recognise the spirit of freedom that cats possess. When I was little, Kipling's cats stories were my favourite. Recently I bought his book of poetry again (against everyone's advice not to have anything to do with this bigot and racist). The slim volume fell in a crack behind our fitted bed at home in Chiang Mai and I will need some wire to retrieve it. Is this the fate agreeing with all the judgemental folk? I am determined to fish the book out and read it though. I read it in Russian and want to hear the English rhytme and taste the Indian flavour. The older I get, the more I appreciate the unity of everything around me, the paws and whiskers, leaves and roots, golden fish and the little statues of cats around the river.

published: 11.02.2010 By: Lenay

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach



Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants


Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:


seafood restaurants



Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community


quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.



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