8,000 in Myanmar (2007). Total users in all countries: 26,000.
Kayah State, Shadaw township, east of Thanlwin river; Shan State, Langkho district.
Upper Eastern Kayah, Lower Eastern Kayah. Upper Eastern Kayah and Lower Eastern Kayah are mutually intelligible; Huai Sua Thaw village (Lower Eastern) is prestigious in both dialect groups. Difficulty understanding Western Kayah [kyu].
Kayah Li script [Kali].
Buddhist, Christian, traditional religion.