Htantlang Township

Thantlang Township also Htantlang Township) is one of nine townships in Chin State. Thantlang is the administrative town of inclusive eight circles (also called mountain ranges) attributed to the geographical and dialectical arrangements of the area. They are Vanzang Tlang (Vanzang circle), Zahnak Tlang (Zahnak circle), Bual Tlang (Bual circle), Lautu Tlang (Lautu circle), Mara Tlang (Mara circle), Vailam Tlang (Vailam circle), Zophei Tlang (Zophei circle)and Bawipa Tlang (Bawipa circle). The name Bawipa is attributed to famous mount Bawipa although villages in the circle majorly speak Zophei dialect .
A variety of languages are spoken in Thantlang township, including Lautu, Zophei, Senthang, Lai and Mara. The western border of the township that separates it from India is formed by the Tyao River from the north, and the Kaladan River (known locally as the Boinu River) from the south which flow together at 22°47′10″N 93°05′45″E.


"Thlantlang" means cemetery mountain. Prior to 1995, there were many old cemeteries on the south side of the mountain above the main town, where subsequently the Burmese military build a camp and a pagoda. Briefly, in the early 2000s, a small piece of northeastern Thantlang Township, namely the village tracts of: Lungding, Tikhuangtum, Tlangkhua, Tlangpi, Tlangte, northern Vanzang (Farrawn), and Zangtlang, was transferred to Falam Township. However, in 2008, in the reorganization of Chin State townships, these village tracts were restored.


Thantlang Township borders on:
  • Mizoram State of India to the west and north;
  • Falam Township to the northeast;
  • Matupi Township to the south; and
  • Hakha Township to the east.


Thantlang is the major town in the township, with three smaller towns (larger villages) Leitak, Lungler (Lonle in Burmese transliteration), and Ngaphaipi. Lungler and Leitak have 16 bed hospitals (clinics). There are 37 village tracts and 76 villages in Htantlang Township.


  1. "Htantlang Township Profile" Myanmar Information Management Unit, September 2009, population figures State General Administration Department, October 2008
  2. "Myanmar States/Divisions & Townships Overview Map" Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU)
  3. Note that the Maplandia map shows the older borders, the 2007 township map shows the transfer, and the 2009 Htantlang Township map shows the restoration.
  4. "Leitak, Chin State, Myanmar"
  5. Laitek is in the Hmawngtlang (Hmawngtlang) village tract, "Htantlang Township, Chin State" map, Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU), 6 August 2009
  6. "Health Facilities Map", Myanmar Information Management Unit, May 2009

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