မိုင်းလား / 勐拉
|Township||Mong La Township|
|Elevation||640 m (2,100 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+6:30 (MST)|
Mong La or Mongla (Burmese: မိုင်းလား Burmese pronunciation: [máɪɰ̃lá]; Chinese: 勐拉; pinyin: Měnglā), also known as Little Mong La (Chinese: 小勐拉; pinyin: Xiǎo Měnglā) to distinguish it from neighboring Mengla County in China, is the administrative seat of Mong La Township in Shan State, Myanmar.
Mong La is opposite Daluo, a Chinese border town in Yunnan Province, It is about 258 kilometres (160 mi) from the Thai border town of Mae Sai and 80 kilometres (50 mi) north-east of Kengtung, Myanmar.
Mong La, Mengla and Meungla are differing Romanizations of the same Tai word. Both the e and the o should be pronounced like the Scottish pronunciation of u in bucks. To differentiate Mengla County in China and Mong La Township/settlement in Myanmar the locals call the former "Greater Mengla/Mongla" and the latter "Lesser Mongla/Mengla". Mengla Town in Jinping County also bears the same name but is too distant to cause confusion.
Mong La casinos were closed in January 2005 for about a year because of complaints from the Government of China. There has been an increase in illegal wildlife trafficking in the region. Mong La has a history of rapid expansion, but in the late 2000s, its economy was in decline. Tourism from Thailand to Mong La resumed in 2012 after the signing of new cease fire agreement between the Burmese military government and the Mong La NDAA in September 2011.
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