A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
Khlá, Khlá Don, Khlá Dung, Khlá Phlao, Klá Dong, La Ha, La Ha Ung, Liik, Xá Chien, Xá Khao, Xá Lay

5,690 (1999 census). Ethnic population: 8,180 (2009 census).


Lao Cai and Son La provinces, along Red and Black rivers.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Similar to Qabiao [laq].

Language Use

In one village in Son La Province it is moribund, spoken only by those over 50; while in several villages in Lao Cai it is still spoken but potentially endangered (2007). Mainly older adults. Those under 50 speak Thai [tha] and dress like the Tai Dam.

Other Comments

La Ha is an official community who live together with the Thai and Kháng. Traditional religion.