Mong La

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Mong La
မိုင်းလား / 勐拉
Mong La is located in Myanmar
Mong La
Mong La
Location in Myanmar
Coordinates: 21°39′50″N 100°02′24″E / 21.66389°N 100.04000°E / 21.66389; 100.04000Coordinates: 21°39′50″N 100°02′24″E / 21.66389°N 100.04000°E / 21.66389; 100.04000
DistrictKengtung District
TownshipMong La Township
Elevation640 m (2,100 ft)
Time zoneUTC+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 [zh], 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.

Although Mong La is in Myanmar, its electricity, telecommunications, other infrastructure, and trade flows are dependent on China.[2] The main currency used in Mong La is the Chinese yuan.[3]


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 [zh] in Jinping County also bears the same name but is too distant to cause confusion.


Mong La emerged from a small remote village in the 1990s to become a local version of Las Vegas. The National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) operates in the Mong La area.[2]

Mong La casinos were closed in January 2005 for about a year because of complaints from the Government of China.[4] 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.[5] 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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ GoogleEarth
  2. ^ a b Michael Black and Roland Fields. "Virtual gambling in Myanmar's drug country".Asia Times 26 August 26, 2006
  3. ^ Star Publications Mongla escapade, LIZ PRICE, February 12, 2011 Archived 21 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Williams, China (15 September 2010). Thailand. Lonely Planet Publications. ISBN 978-1-74220-385-0. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  5. ^ Gorsky, Timothy. "Christmas in Purgatory: Investigating the Illegal Wildlife Market in Mong La, Burma". Rabbit Advocacy. Retrieved 1 August 2021.

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