Urak Lawoi’


A language of Thailand

Alternate Names
Chaw Talay, Chawnam, Lawoi, Lawta, Orak Lawoi’

5,000 (2012 S. Pattemore).


Krabi and Satun provinces; west coast, Phuket and Langta islands.

Language Maps
Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Adang, Phuket Old Peoples, Phuket Young Peoples. Aboriginal Malays with a unique Malay language. A member of macrolanguage Malay [msa].

Language Use

Often replaced by Thai [tha] or Malay or both when members of the group settle down (Bradley 2007). Most also use Thai [tha] and Malay (Bradley 2007).

Language Development
Various Thai script and romanized literacy materials (Bradley 2007). Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1998.

Thai script [Thai].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.