Lots of smiles - Xmas pairs 2016

Humble beginning - bowling on the tennis court at Mae Jo 2015

Local Rules




Playing on carpet, Tong Kai 2016.

Chiang Mai Expats Club

Lawn Bowls is now an official Outside Group Activity (OGA) for CEC. Many of our bowlers are also members of CEC. This is a very beneficial arrangement as we are able to share information on the CEC newsletters and on their Facebook page. Special thanks to Nancy and Eveline of CEC.


​Please click on the video link below for an entertaining introduction to lawn bowls produced by Steve Mellow


  • For latest match report please go to Match Reports page

       ​​Chiang Mai Lawn Bowling Club

  • Tong Kai Lawn Bowling Green is situated near the Chiang Mai Night Safari Park in Hang Dong district. See Google Map on Contact Us page. 
  • Chiang Mai Lawn Bowling Club play regular matches on Tuesdays at 9.00 am and Thursdays 9am and Sundays at 10 pm.   The price is 200 baht per day, or 50 Baht per hour.
  • We now have a separate meter for the flood lights. Playing under the flood lights will now cost 60 Baht per hour (minimum 8 people).
  • Bowls are available for hire for 50 Baht per day.  Free tuition available for newcomers. 
  • Tuesdays starting at 9am we have our club roll-up. FEE 150 BAHT. All welcome and a good chance to meet other expat retirees.
  • Visitors call Nim Bishop on 0898557072 or Don Bishop at 0877280465 to book the green and arrange transport. 
  • Relaxed dress code although flat sports shoes are essential.
  • Tong Kai bowling green can be hired for private use when not used by the club.
  • Give it a go and join in the fun, whether you're young or old, fat or thin, professional or a novice, we guarantee you will enjoy the experience.
  • We also have a bar and food available so you can relax after your game and meet new friends over a cool drink.
  • For further information contact Don Bishop at 0877280465  

New Tigerturf green installed in August 2016

​​​​Lawn Bowls

Bowls or lawn bowls is a sport in which the objective is to roll biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball called a "jack". It is played on a bowling green which may be flat (for "flat-green bowls") or convex or uneven (for "crown green bowls"). It is normally played outdoors (although there are many indoor venues) and the outdoor surface is either natural grass, artificial turf.

Today the sport is played in over 40 countries with more than 50 member national authorities. The home of the modern game is still Scotland with the World Bowls centre in Edinburgh. It has been traced certainly to the 13th century, and now bowls is one of the "core sports" that must be included at each edition of the Commonwealth Games, Australia will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

For a series of videos on how to play bowls plus a copy of the World Bowls rules please go to the Know the Game page

Lawn Bowls in Thailand

​The Lawn Bowls Association of Thailand is the governing body for lawn bowls in the country and responsible for development of the game.

There are currently 6 clubs in Thailand (6 outdoor and 1 indoor):

Chang Mai Lawn Bowls          Coco Club (Indoor only)
Lawn Bowls Hua Hin               Kamala Lawn Bowling Club
Royal Bangkok Sports Club    The Retreat Bowling Club


SEA Games

Lawn Bowls is an official sport for the South East Asia Games to be held in Malausia in August. Thailand is entering a mens and womens team and they have been practicing full time at Coco Club, Pattaya from June to August. It is possible Lawn Bowls will be a sport when the SEA  games are next held in Thailand.

Chiang Mai Lawn Bowls

The current lawn bowling green was opened with a lavish affair on September 6 2015. (See here for more photos courtesy of City Life Magazine) 


​​We are the first world class lawn bowling green in Northern Thailand. Situated at Tong Kai village, near the Chiang Mai night safari park the rinks are constructed of Supergreen II imported from Tigerturf from New Zealand and installed by the SEARA Sporting Systems of Bangkok.