Native toLaos
RegionSouthern Houaphanh Province
Native speakers
30,700 (2018)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3pnx

Phong, also known as Kniang, is an Austroasiatic language of the Mon–Khmer family, spoken in Laos. Its nearest relatives are the fellow Xinh Mul tongues, the Khang language and Puoc language, both spoken in Vietnam. The number of speakers of Phong-Kniang is estimated at 30,700.

Phong Kaneng [pʰɔːŋ kᵊneːŋ] and Phong Kniang are dialects. Phong is spoken in northeastern Laos, such as in Hua Muong, Sam Neua Province.[2]


  1. ^ Phong at Ethnologue (21st ed., 2018) Closed access icon
  2. ^ "Phong-Kniang". Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2022.