7,000 (Nahhas 2007). Ethnic population: 8,000. L2 users: Some who marry into the community learn to speak it.
North, Chiang Mai Province, Hot district, Bo Luang and Bo Sali subdistricts; 16 villages.
Bo Luang, Bo Sangae. Not intelligible with most Mae Hong Son Lawa dialects [lcp].
Very high language vitality. All domains except government and education (which are in Central Thai). All ages. Positive attitudes. Interested in language maintenance. Proud of Lawa history and culture. 100% also use Northern Thai [nod]. Northern Thai [nod] is used for government and school. 100% also use Thai [tha]. Central Thai [tha] used with outsiders.
Thai script [Thai].