1,960 in Laos (2005 census). Population total all countries: 2,160. Ethnic population: 1,730 (Bradley 2007).
Near China border, Luang Namtha Province, northeast of Namtha district, and south of Boun Neua; Phongsali Province, Boun-Tai, Mai and Khua districts, 8 villages. Also in China (Buxinhua).
Not Khmuic, but Palaungic (1990 J. Svantesson). Related to Khao [xao] in Viet Nam.
SVO; complex morphology (prefixing); attributives follow noun heads; adverbials precede verb heads; simple syllable structure; nontonal