133,000 in Myanmar (2005 E. Phan). Very few monolinguals. Population total all countries: 133,180.
South Shan State, Pekon township; Northwest Kayah State; Kayin State, Thandaung township; Mandalay Region, Pyinnmana township. Kayan Lahwi dialect: Kayah State, Lahwi and northwest Dimawso; Shan State, south Pekon. Kayan Kangan dialect: northwest Kayan State, Dimawso area. Also in Thailand.
Kayan Kangan (Yeinbaw, Yinbaw), Kayan Lahwi, Standard Pekon. Significant dialectal variation. Most seem to understand standard Pekon (prestige) dialect. Lexical similarity: more than 90% with Kayan dialects, 71%–76% with Lahta [kvt].
Christian, Buddhist, traditional religion.