Thailand is the biggest rubber producing nation. Rubber, along with palm oil plantations are the main crops in Satun. There are also a lot of fruits grown and some sugar palms.
It is incredibly interesting to watch rubber being processed after collection. Fresh rubber (straight from the tree) has a lovely scent. If the sap is left on the cut of the tree to dry a little, it really does become rubbery and you can use it like a rubber band. I have put the process into my travelogue so you can see it step by step.
If you get the chance to watch the rubber being collected and processed, do so, as it's fascinating. The collection of the sap occurs in the early hours of the morning before it gets warm, so to see that, you'll need to be there by about 5am. They actually start collecting at about 3.30am if there are a lot of trees.
Please remember, it's not the end of the journey, again, you have to climb up for about few handrad steps to erach to the cave.
The view on top the mountain. The wind are strong and beware of bees on the tree too as you can see many of them flying around.
The location of this buddha in the cave is located 30 minutes away from Satun town. It is 5kms away from the main road as only well known with the locals.