117,000 in China (Bradley 2007), increasing. Population total all countries: 196,200. Few monolinguals. Ethnic population: 120,000.
South Yunnan Province, Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Menghai district, Menghai county, Menghai township; Simao prefecture, Lancang Lahu autonomous county, Nuofu district, other areas.
5 (Developing). Language of recognized nationality: Lahu.
Bakeo, Banlan. Reportedly most similar to Lahu [lhu].
Latin script [Latn].