Thai, Northern in Laos

Thai, Northern
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Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Thai, Northern
Country: Laos
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 38,000
World Population: 7,615,000
Primary Language: Thai, Northern
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Thai
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The large Northern Thai community dominates north and northwest Thailand, being centered around the city of Chiang Mai. They have followed Buddhism for 1,000 years. Like other Theravada Buddhists, they today mix their beliefs with numerous animistic rituals. Protestant missionaries have worked in northern Thailand for about 150 years, but response from the Northern Thai has been painstakingly slow.

Ministry Obstacles

The belief system of the Thai people doesn't emphasize the reality of sin, and the need for forgiveness. They may not know they need a Savior.

Outreach Ideas

Much sustained prayer is needed to cause the Thai to become aware of their spiritual need. May the Lord open the eyes of the Thai.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are some followers of Christ among the Northern Thai. Pray they will not mix Buddhist or animistic beliefs with the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for strong commitment to Christ, and for holy living.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for Thai families to be drawn to Jesus and to the Bible to find out more about this man, Jesus. Pray the Thai will increasingly desire a solution for their sin problem. Pray they will desire a Savior, someone who can provide forgiveness for sin and power to live this life victoriously.

Text Source:   Joshua Project