80,000 in Viet Nam (1995 census). Population total all countries: 105,000. Ethnic population: 100,000 (Bradley 2007).
North central, Son La and Hoa Binh provinces; also in Thanh Hoa province, south of Sam Nuea; small area in Yen Bai province.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized ethnic group: Thai.
Tai Viet script [Tavt].
Part of the Thái official ethnic community (1,550,423, 2009 census). Speakers in Viet Nam tend to identify with Tai Dam [blt] and deny they are Red Tai.