Nypa palm grows in the mangrove forests and swampy areas of Southeast Asia and Oceania. Phuket, a world class city in the Southern Thailand, used to have plenty of them. When tourism and prawn farms grew, Nypa palm was no longer wanted so they were all took down.
The tree is known for its large leaves that can grow up to 2.7 meters long and its edible fruit, which is often used to make sweet. The Nypa palm is also an important resource for the local communities as its leaves are used for thatching roofs, wrapping food for cooking and making baskets, while its trunk is used for building materials.