Laos
units of mass

Units for precious metals, pharmaceuticals, and so on

See also opium weights.

       

pong

 

leuong hong [= tael]

10

   

thé

10

100

 

fin

10

100

1000

 

375
mg

3.75
g

37.5
g

375
g

Units in ordinary commerce

The following table relates all the Laotian units of mass of which we are aware. Not all these units were necessarily in use at the same time, or in every location in Laos.

                               

tu

                             

lan

10

                         

sèn or leine

10

100

                       

hap [or picul]

2

20

200

                       

mun

5

10

100

1000

         

sang or phan [or Chinese cattie]

10

50

100

1000

10,000

                   

nan

2

20

100

200

2000

20,000

                 

hang

1.6

3.2

32

160

320

3200

32,000

               

hoi

2.5

4

8

80

400

800

8000

80,000

           

tamlung

2.5

6.25

10

20

200

1000

2000

20,000

200,000

           

bat

4

10

25

40

80

800

4000

8000

80,000

800,000

   

salung or bak

4

16

40

100

160

320

3200

16,000

32,000

320,000

3,200,000

       

fuang

2

8

32

80

1250

2000

4000

40,000

200,000

400,000

4,000,000

40,000,000

     

2

4

16

64

160

400

640

1280

12,800

64,000

128,000

1,280,000

12,800,000

   

houn

2.5

5

10

40

160

400

1000

1600

3200

32,000

160,000

320,000

3,200,000

32,000,000

 

li

10

25

50

100

400

1600

4000

10,000

16,000

32,000

320,000

1,600,000

3,200,000

32,000,000

320,000,000

bat = mass of a tical

37.5
mg

375
mg

938
mg

1.875
g

3.75
g

15
g

60
g

150
g

375
g

600
g

1.200
kg

12.00
kg

60.00
kg

120.00
kg

1200.00
kg

12,000
kg

Miscellaneous
Tep = weight of a rupee = 3 salung = 11.25 grams.
Fine = 1.20 g.
Chî or = 0.1 tael = 3.75 g.

Guy Cheminaud.
Nouveau Dictionnaire Français-Laotien…
Tulle (France): Imprimerie J. Crauffon, 1906.
Pages 177-178.

Sophie Clément-Charpentier.
Les mesures chez les Lao.
in Poids et mesures en Asie du Sud-Est,…. Vol. 2
Pages 515-532.

United Nations, 1955. The same data is reprinted in United Nations, 1966.

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