Sak Yant Tattoo and Magic Blessing in Chiang Mai Thailand

* New ink & needles for each person
* 100% Genuine Sak Yant Monks and Ajarns
* Only Place in Thailand that has Monks who will Tattoo Females
* Get help Personalizing your Sak Yant Design & Blessing
* Our In-house Service is cheaper than going to an Ajarn yourself

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Get a Genuine Sak Yant Tattoo and Blessing by Monk or Ajarn, in Chiang Mai Thailand.

Welcome to Sak Yant Chiang Mai - a Co-Operative effort of independent Sak Yant Monks and Ajarns providing genuine Sak Yant Experience in Chiang Mai's Old City

Sak Yant Monks
Co-operative of local Sak Yant Monks and Ajarns who come together to make obtaining a Sak Yant an easy experience

Sak Yant Chiang Mai opened it's physical doors in November 2016 and quickly became well known among people seeking a genuine Sak Yant Tattoo experience with modern western hygiene standards.  As a co-operative effort of independent Monks and Ajarns, we have standardized donation prices for each Sak Yant design which you can investigate before your Sak Yant from our design book at the office.


Knowledge and awareness of the Traditional Thai Sak Yant Tattoo tradition exploded as celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pit & Anthony Bourdain, came to Thailand to get their own magical and special Sak Yant Tattoo.  People started to seek out where they too could get real Sak Yant Tattoo and Sak Yant Chiang Mai's reputation for providing a hygienic, personalized, and genuine Bamboo Needle Sak Yant in Thailand soon made us a recognizable name for anyone who seriously investigated having a Sak Yant Tattoo.


Many of the independent Monks and Ajarns that come to Sak Yant Chiang Mai's city Samnak wanted a place where students (the term given to someone who receives a Sak Yant) were properly prepared in the protocols and etiquette of the formalities and had someone with them to translate what they desired into Thai. We do our best to assist you on your design and blessing options, walk you through how to pay respect, and provide a safe and comfortable place for an experience that is outside of your normal cultural understanding.

Get a Sak Yant in Chiang Mai with Blessing.

Option 1:
Visit Temple Monks
or Professional Ajarns


An incredible experience as you are taken to beautiful remote Temples in the Chiang Mai countryside and experience a Sak Yant Tattoo from a real working Monk, or to an Ajarns Samnak (holy place) - for just 3000 baht plus the cost of donation to Monks. 

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Tour Times:  Monday-Saturday

Morning Private Tour 9.00 am-12.30 pm
Afternoon Private Tour 1.30 pm-4.30 pm

N.B. No Tour for Females on Saturday

Tour Price:

Car tour 3000 Baht 1st person
1500 Additional people
Monk Donation starts 1000 baht


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Option 2:
Our In-House Monk
& Ajarn's

Sak Yant Tattoo Chiang Mai Old City

Our in house service where the Monk or Ajarn (Sak Yant Master) visits and works from our own Samnak room providing Magical Sak Yant Tattoos and Blessings in our store in the Old City for just 2000 baht including donation.

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Sak Yant Times:

Monk: Monday, Thursday, Saturday  9 am - 5 pm (when available)

Ajarn:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  9 am - 5 pm

Sak Yant with Blessing Price:

Donation for standard Sak Yant included in 2000 baht
If with Ajarn on Weds or Fri you need to bring a pack of LM Blue (small)  Cigarettes (cost 60 baht from 7/11)

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Why use Sak Yant Chiang Mai to help you get your Sak Yant Tattoo?

For many people; getting a Sak Yant Tattoo in Thailand has required a Thai contact person who knows a Sak Yant Master, or going to Bangkok's famous Wat Bang Phra.  If a person was lucky enough to find a Sak Yant Master on their own, the experience could be a little frightening and scary. Sak Yant Monks and Ajarns have little use for English and would have to guess what design and magical blessing someone wanted.  Contrary to what some blog posts say - Monks do not "Read Aura's, and know what is right for the person" ... Thai people will usually tell the Monk what design they want and talk to see if this is the right choice.  If you do not speak Thai, the Monks or Ajarns guess the best they can, but you seldom get a say in what design you end up with.    Sadly many rural and even some well known Temples are (and remain today) a little slack on modern and western hygiene standards; reusing the same ink, and wiping the needle with alcohol before the next Sak Yant Guest.  Sak Yant Chiang Mai, has provided the opportunity to get a real Sak Yant cheaper that if you found an Ajarn and went yourself, and we ensure hygiene standards and great artwork

Guides Nana and Johny and the Staff from Sak Yant Chiang Mai are unique in Thailand because they offer the following

  • 100% Real Sak Yants & Magical Blessing for almost half the price as a tattoo shop copy without a Blessing
  • We have arranged with the Monks and Ajarns to discount their donation fee when they are a guest in our Samnaks.  This makes our service cheaper than going to the same Ajarn yourself
  • Talk with the guest to determine their Sak Yant Design preference and type of Magical Blessing
  • Translate the guests personal choice of the Sak Yant design and magical intention to the Monks or Ajarns
  • Arrange for Sak Yant to be personalized in either Design or Blessing if required.
  • Only use safe and hygienic practices including new ink and needles for each guest
  • Pre-booked appointments either Tour to Temple Monk or In-house
  • An explanation of the protocols and etiquette of visiting a real Thai Monk

The Sak Yant Tattoo in Chiang Mai, Thailand is literally one of the coolest adventures you can have. A magical and spiritual experience of visiting a beautiful country temple, with a real monk who services the needs of his local community.  This is a small, exclusive and highly personal experience that unfortunately is often booked weeks and sometimes months ahead of time.  For this reason we have at Sak Yant Chiang Mai created the In-house service for those who did not plan ahead and are on limited time.

What Our Customers Say

Beautiful, Clean Work done by an Arjan with a Spirtual Experience

I had such an amazing experience with the Ajarn that tattooed my back at his shop out and home outside Chiang Mai. We met at Sak Yant Chiang Mai and drove with Nana to get there. Nana took us first to a local shop to get the offering. Nana was so amazing and kind in answering all of our questions and making us feel comfortable. When we arrived to the Ajarn’s place, he had many…

Taylor Trimarchi

Thank you for the amazing experience!


My boyfriend and I would like to thank you for the excellent experience you provided while we were in Chiang Mai. We were both nervous about having the tattoo experience arranged for us; we wanted the experience to be special and memorable, and that is exactly what we received. The guide that met us that morning was helpful and friendly, and spoke English well. Then, we drove to a home outside of Chiang Mai and…

Lisa Michels

It was an amazing experience

It was an amazing experience and I could have not been happier of the results and moment thanks to Ajarn Amnant. Thanks also to Johny that facilitated the communication with the Ajarn and shared his experiences. I’d recommend Sak Yant Chiang Mai for it’s welcome and the sanitary way they offer tattoos.


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Get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Chiang Mai

Just back into the UK after having a sakyant tattoo done, I used cm locals to help make it happen, and glad I did my guide was Nana who was really helpful, the whole experience was made better with Nana there. Wasn’t rushed,did not feel to commercial. You can choose what Sak Yant you would like, I would reccomend having one in mind. I using cmlocals the next time I come to cm. And…

David wilkins

A great experience!

Tiger Sak Yant Meaning

I was very nervous before getting my tattoo. I brought what I supposed to bring, wore appropriate clothing, and watched a tutorial on how to behave with respect in front of the monk. The owners of the establishment, Johny and Nana showed me the possible tattoos I could get and explained what the blessing on each one was. My monk decided how large the tattoo I chose would look best on my back, and it…

Sidra Williamson

My Sak Yant in Chiang Mai

Such a great experience! We arrived just after some local guys were finishing up getting their own tattoos to add to their collection. Nana translated as I asked about their tattoos and they asked about mine. We were up next and Nana helped me communicate to the monk why I wanted a sak yant. The monk then suggested a couple designs that matched my needs. I ended up with a special one for adventure protection….

Sean Steininger

Wonderful experience, warm service and satisfying authentci] Sak Yant

Sak Yant Monk Roong

I am really happy and grateful that I have found Sak Yant Chiang Mai for my first time Sak Yant. Sak Yant is one of the most important to-do-mission in my bucket list. They provide a really great service and the price is reasonable. Nana and Johnny are very warm and friendly. I am a Tourette’s syndrome patient and often tics. They are very understanding and tell me not to worry. Nana worried I will…

Kz Chew

Amazing experience

Got my first Sak Yant from Ajarn Amnat in August, loved it so much I came back a month later from Australia to get more – will be back again, I look online at other designs regularly – highly recommend this place, great staff to look after all your needs, do not hesitate !

Terry Waymouth

Thank you Nana and Johny

Sak Yant Tour Guide Nana

Thank you Nana and Johny , had a great experience getting the sak yant 🙂 , was a super friendly monk with great skill , i would recommend to anyone 🙂 great experience .

Joost Martens

Fantastic experience

Service was very easy to set up on the website, got as quick response for my request and the date for the SAK YANT. Folks were very open and inviting at the shop and I thought I was going to fat the SAK YANT my ajarn but I was fortunate to have as monk at the time so > was very happy. Thank you, KI SOO


Absolutely Worth It

Nana & Johny were incredible. They made the experience completely unique and better than it could have been anywhere else. They help you every step of the way. I will absolutely be coming back here again!

Joseph Tarascavage

A Spiritual Experience

My sincerest thanks to all at Sak Yant Chiang Mai, to Nana, Ging, Johny,  all staff & all the Monks & Ajarns. I had 4 Sak Yant tattoos done just recently in CM over a period of 10 days, the experience was a spiritual awakening for me. Having never had any tattoos at all, aged 61, I had 4 done each one with different intentions for help, guidance, forgiveness, love, peace & harmony. The Sak…

Andrew Ngan

A truly memorable sak yant experience

When my wife and I decided to come to Thailand, I knew that a sak yant was in my future. The trouble was, I had no idea who to turn to for help. Many ads and forums online mentioned fakes, scams, and hustlers operating out of Bangkok. Eventually I stumbled across a blog mentioning CM Locals as a possible avenue to help with my sak yant quest in Chiang Mai. I cannot thank Nana and…

Adam Graham

I couldn’t be happier!

Recieving my sak yant was a magical experience. After months of research I chose to go with CM Locals. I felt comfortable from start to finish because Nana was by my side. I was able to recieve my tattoo from a monk in a temple. I would recommend her services to anyone that is thinking of recieving a magical tattoo. It is an experience I will never forget.

Danielle King

Beautiful, Clean Work done by an Arjan with a Spirtual Experience

I had such an amazing experience with the Ajarn that tattooed my back at his shop out and home outside Chiang Mai. We met at Sak Yant Chiang Mai and drove with Nana to get there. Nana took us first to a local shop to get the offering. Nana was so amazing and kind in answering all of our questions and making us feel comfortable. When we arrived to the Ajarn’s place, he had many…

Taylor Trimarchi

Magical Experience

I am still in awe that I was given a magical tattoo by a monk in a temple. I will never forget this experience and it would not have been possible without Nana. As the monk did not speak english she translated for myself and my friend so we were able to recieve the same Sak Yant together. She guided us every step along the way, buying the offerings at the market, how to place…

Aisha Housman

#1 Authentic Thailand Experience!

This is one of the most authentic experiences I have had in my six months in SE Asia! Nana is incredibly warm, sincere and accommodating throughout the entire day. My girlfriend and I both spent the entire day with Nana as she helped guide us through the sacred process of sak yant, something you simply can’t put a true value on. Nana’s knowledge and access helped provide us one of our most memorable life experiences…

Scott Underwood

The most amazing experience of my life so far!

I came here during my 3 weeks trip to Thailand by myself. I had been waiting almost a year to go through this experience. It didn’t disappoint at all. Before you ask, yes, it hurts, but no glory comes with no pain. And if you are like me, and there’s spiritual reasons behind your motives to get a Sak Yant, the pain is the least of your worries. The place is clean and calm. Nana…


The best spiritual and humbling experience ever

I couldn’t be more pleased with how we were treated here. My husband had an appointment at 10 am because that was the only one available. We came in a little early in hopes that I would be able to get my Sak Yant as well. My family was with us as well so there was 5 of us and they wanted them too but we thought there would be no availability. FORTUNATELY, we were…

Lynn Marciano

Great experience

Sak Yant Tour Guide Nana

Nana is a very good guide, thoughtful, kind. she accompanied me to a market to buy offers, helping in choice. Then we went to a beautiful temple where a monk has tattooed me. I was very pleased with this experience. Thanks again Nana. See you again

Trobiani Mauro

Chiang Mai Sak Yant Tattoo

Booked the taxi ride to the temple as there were quite a few of us going, we were picked up from the hostel and stopped off on the way to purchase an offering for the monk. Nana was really helpful in explaining the whole procedure to us including the meaning of the tattoo and the rules involved. The whole experience was really authentic and i would advise any one wanting a traditional tattoo to book…

Adam Smith

A fantastic experience and service that is truly exceptional

I just came back from my trip to Thailand with a very special Sak Yant that has a lot of meaning to me. It was very important to me that my tattoo was created by a monk. I got what I wanted thanks to Nana, who went above and beyond; let me explain why: After communicating with me via email prior to my trip to determine all the details, Nana picked me up at my…


Its all about the journey and then the experience


Who would have thought that a little shop front would offer a huge experience and one that will be in our memories forever. Johnny was the most friendly, kind and helpful man and we were so glad we found him and his shop. We were guided up the stairs with offerings in hand to a little temple that was so welcoming. The stairs were really steep and it is that way so as you are…

Brad and Kerrie Waters

GREAT Experience

Nana helped me get my first Sak Yant tattoo. The process was easy! Nana scheduled the tattoo with a monk and met us at our hotel. She stayed the whole time to help walk us through every step of the process. She even helped keep me calm during the tattoo! I would HIGHLY recommend hiring Nana if you want an authentic experience.


A wonderful experience

Shaye and I couldn’t be happier with our experience with Nana, Johny and then receiving the Sak Yant. Johny explained everything, gave some interesting history on the sak yant and the monk was incredible laughing and smiling the entire time. Highly recommend using these guys and is something we would do again.

Steve and Shaye

Experiencing the Sak Yant tradition

Experiencing the Sak Yant tradition was a powerful and spiritual moment for me. I am so glad I was able to get in touch with Nana and go through with this experience. I heard about how great and helpful nana was through word of mouth and thanks to the universe, I was able to get in touch with her through a local friend. It was one of the best things I could have done in…

Mike Petrone

beautiful tattoo and monk experience with Sak Yant Chiang Mai

What is a Sak Yant Tattoo?

My main concern while booking something is communication, especially living outside of Thailand i was worried there would be language barriers and issues when booking this experience, but i was very wrong. The communication with questions and the booking process was so smooth and made things very easy! I would make sure to re-read the pricing for the services more clearly, myself and my friend missunderstood, and i didnt bring enough money with me, but…


Awesome Experience

Executive summary: I did the temple tour and I highly recommend that. I looked up the shop, where the tour begins, a day early. I went to the Tha Phe Gate and walked to the shop, which is pretty much at the other side of the old town wall. That already is absolutely worth it. Make sure you have time enough to wander around in downtown Chiang Mai before or after you got your tattoo….

Dirk Siemer

Real Sak Yant in Chiang Mai

I got my Sak Yant Tattoo in Chiang Mai with the help of Nana, who rode me out to a remote location to a beautiful temple with a real monk. She explained the protocol and explained to the monk what I wanted and while I made mistakes the Monk and Nana where great. I have a real peice of Thailand to take with me and remind me of my time here in Chiang Mai. One…

Andrew Dobson

…my sakyant 5lines tattoo completed

…my sakyant 5lines tattoo completed my SEAtrip. A must have when in Chiangmai 😉 Thankful to Johny for accomodating my Sunday inquiry via FB chat–the next day I was blessed by an in-house monk, sakyant tattoo a bucketlist no more 🙂 Thank you very much! When i come back, i’ll get another one 😉


It’s an honour

I’ve put that its and honour in the title, simply because it is a tattoo you earn, not just get. I booked through CM Locals, purely on the recommendation of some blogs I had read and the research I had done. Nana, a wonderful, calming and warm person. Nana was simply awesome from the moment we met in our hotel lobby. Her knowledge, understanding and guidance was without a doubt instrumental in our afternoon being…

Barry Finch

My Traditional Thai Tattoo

I have been traveling to Thailand for years and have always contemplated getting an authentic Sak Yant tattoo. However, I was hesitant the last couple times because of the unhygienic stories I have read on different sites. After meeting Nana and reading all the information on CMLocals, I decided I will be getting a Sak Yant tattoo.   When we met, she actually recommended that I should visit a certain monk who uses new stainless…


Yak Sant

Earlier this year, I had the privilege in meeting up with Nana for a once in a lifetime experience. I was looking for a Sak Yant tattoo and I specifically wanted a monk to preside over it with the blessings. I know seldom does monks offer it to women but Nana did her research and found a way to make it happen. I’ve waited a long time to have a moment like this. Traveling solo…

Daly Khotpanya

Truly sacred experience

Sak Yant Tour Guide Nana

I got my sak yant 2 months ago yet I clearly remember all the details of the experience, it had a huge impact on me in a very positive way. Nana was really helpful and nice to me and helped me a lot. The tattoo healed properly, no infection, not a single problem with it. I recommend Sak Yant Chiangmai for everyone who truly believes in the power of sak yant and buddhism and wishes…

Anna Szücs


Sak yant Tour Ajarn Amnet

I have been to Thailand quite a number of times now, and have had Sak Yant’s before from temples in bangkok which have either spread or become unclear over time. I visited SAK YANT Chiang Mai with my girlfriend in March 2017. I had two SAK YANTS done in one day as i was very impressed with the Monks work. It was very clean and precise. During the Sak Yant the monk was helpful, and…

Kishore Pindoria

One of the Best Experiences of my Life

Sak Yant Tour Guide Nana

Still one of the best experience of my life!! The tattoo perfectly healed, it’s now beautiful!! The experience has been really intense and Nana is an amazing guide! She took pictures from me so I now have a beautiful memory!’ Thank you so much! Highly recommended, it has been done in a very clean and professional way without forgetting the spiritual experience! Stefania


Great Authentic Experience!

I’m really glad I found and utilized CM Locals for my sak yant tattoo! After doing a lot of research, I learned that unless I had someone with me that spoke Thai, it was going to be hard to find an authentic experience. Nana was great! She picked me up at my hostel, took me to the market, then to the monk’s location. She explained the whole process of the tattoo and the meanings of…

Josh Abbey


Nana and our driver, were nothing short of helpful in order to get my Sak Yant tattoo. Being a women posed some problems, and I wanted as close to an authentic experience as I could, but it was difficult. Nana found an ex-monk who could perform what I’ve always wanted, and she made all of the arrangements. So all I had to do was show up and enjoy! It was a spiritual and memorable experience…

Jacki Tarrence

Blessed Ink for Inner Peace

Talking about the first-time-experience, of course, everybody want a special one. well, i’ve got mine here with Sak Yant Chiang Mai. This is my very first precious tattoo. Even though i always wanted to have a tattoo but this time i know i’ve got more than just a picture. through some research a couple of month before, finally i found what i wanted. A Sakyant. I want to be blessed by a monk and wrap…


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