9,550 in Myanmar (2000). Population total all countries: 13,180.
East Shan State. Also in China, Laos, Thailand.
Vigorous. Home, village, community affairs. All ages. Positive attitudes.
Samtao is used among the Palaungic peoples to refer to unintelligible dialects of Plang [blr]. In China, Samtao refers to Plang in Burma and occasionally to Plang from other China-based varieties with low intelligibility. ‘Samtao’, non-standard speaker of Plang, but also refers to south Mong La area in East Shan State between the China border and Nam Lwe River. A third meaning refers to Plang who live in Samtao area. Wan Phii Plang is a Samtao variety similar to and intelligible with Wan Sen and Wan Nyet, ancient Plang villages along Mong La-Kentung Road further west. A fourth meaning of ‘Samtao’ refers to Palaungic varieties more similar to Wa, such as the Wa, Pangloh, who also refer to themselves as Samtao. 1 Samtao village in Veng Phu Kha insists they speak the ancient Samtao language, but lexically it is Lao [lao] with Mon-Khmer phonology. Traditional religion.