8,000 (Nahhas 2007). Ethnic population: 8,500. L2 users: Some who marry into the community learn to speak it.
Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provinces.
La-up, Northern Western Lawa, Omphai. Each village has a distinct accent. Ban Kok Luang, a village of the Northern group, has the most distinct dialect.
Thai script [Thai].
Orthography and literature based on Ban La-up dialect. Traditional religion, Buddhist, Christian.