A language of Viet Nam

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

L1 users: 5,690 (1999 census). Ethnic population: 8,180 (2009 census).


Lai Chau and Son La provinces: along Red and Black rivers.

Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized ethnic group: La Ha.


None known. Reportedly 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 (Bradley 2007a). Mainly older adults. Also use Thai [tha], especially those under 50 years of age.


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

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

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