Thailand is the world’s largest producer and exporter of natural rubber, and
Southern Thailand is home to 70 percent of domestic output. My in-laws have a rubber tree plantation of 1,000 trees on 3 hectares, in Lam Thap, a district of Krabi Province, Southern Thailand.
They cut in the outer bark of the rubber tree, just deep enough to tap the vessels without harming the tree’s growth, and the milky-white latex is collected in small buckets. This process is called rubber tapping, and they have to do this in the middle of the night, around 2 a.m, so as to harvest as much latex as possible. The rubber trees are tapped six days a week.
Early one morning I visited my in-laws’ rubber tree plantation, and I recorded a short video. Sorry that the tree is out of focus. I had the camera on auto-focus.