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
* Chose your design and personalized Blessing

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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 - the safest place to get a Real Sak Yant in Thailand

Guide Nana will guide you through the protocols of having a you get a Sak Yant Experience in Chiang Mai.


Sak Yant Chiang Mai opened it's physical doors in November 2016 and quickly became well known and overbooked among tourist seeking a genuine Sak Yant Tattoo experience with modern western hygiene standards.  Before the physical shop, guide Nana Boonkoom has been known in the underground traveling circles for a few years as being a person who was able to arrange a Sak Yant for people by a Monk. She was especially famous for being able to find Monks to perform Sak Yant for women.

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 Nana's reputation for providing a hygienic, personalized, and genuine Bamboo Needle Sak Yant in Thailand soon made her a recognizable name for anyone who seriously investigated having a Sak Yant Tattoo.

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.    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.


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

100% Real Sak Yants & Magical Blessing for the same price as a tattoo shop copy

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.


Now you get an In-House Sak Yant Experience and Save 50% on the price of a Tour.

Since the Tour to a Temple Monk option is highly sort after and usually booked well ahead of time, we also have visiting Monks and Ajarns who come to our own Samnak (scared Sak Yant Room) in our shop located in Chiang Mai Old City.  For those people who want a Sak Yant in Chiang Mai (Tattoo and blessing), but missed out of pre-booking, want a cheaper option ot do not have the time for a half day tour.


The In-house Sak Yant option is 100% authentic Sak Yant with Blessing with the convenience of being able to only take an hour or so for the experience.


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 Sunnak (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


Tour Price:

Car tour 3000 Baht
Monk Donation only 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 Sunnak 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:

Ajarn:  Wednesday, Thursday & Friday  9 am - 5 pm

Monk: Monday, Thursday 9 am - 5 pm


Sak Yant with Blessing Price:

Donation for standard Sak Yant included in price
If with Ajarn on Weds or Fri you need to bring a pack of LM Green (small)  Cigarettes (cost 72 baht from 7/11)


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What Our Customers Say

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…

Adam Graham

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…


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…

Brad and Kerrie Waters

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…

Daly Khotpanya

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…

Danielle King

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…

Kz Chew


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…

Jacki Tarrence

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…

Sidra Williamson

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.


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

…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 😉


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…

Lisa Michels

beautiful tattoo and monk experience with Sak Yant Chiang Mai


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…


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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…

David wilkins

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…

Barry Finch

#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…

Scott Underwood

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

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…

Andrew Dobson

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…

Taylor Trimarchi

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…

Mike Petrone

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….

Anna Szücs

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…

Taylor Trimarchi

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

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…

Sean Steininger

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…


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…


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…

Adam Smith

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


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…

Kishore Pindoria

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…


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…


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….

Dirk Siemer

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…

Aisha Housman

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…

Lynn Marciano

精彩的体验,热情的服务,满意的正宗Sak Yant(經文刺青)

Sak Yant Guide Nana

我真的很高兴,很欣慰讓我找到了Sak Yant Chiang Mai。這是我第一次Sak Yant。 Sak Yant是我在這一生中想要完成的任务之一。他们提供很貼心的服务,价格也合理。Nana 和Johnny非常貼心和友好。我是妥瑞症患者,经常會抽搐。他们很理解,告诉我不要担心。Nana担心我会痛,并在我還沒刺青前提供止痛藥给我讓我帶著。什么原因使得Sak Yant Chiang Mai是一个特殊和明智的选择呢?那肯定是Johnny(在我還沒去清邁之前,他跟我溝通的)。他分享了很多經文刺青的知識,让我学到很多关于Sak Yant。他帮助我把我的询问传递给和尚,以便我可以有适合我的Sak Yant。Johnny甚至帮助我记录我Sak Yant的過程,因为我不能单独拍攝或記錄。最感人和貼心的是Johnny一直鼓勵我,要保持冷静和給我加油。当我在刺痛因妥瑞症抽搐時,幫我刺青的和尚也很有耐心,因为在我抽搐的時候,他必须暂停一下。我总共有3个Sak Yant在我的背上,我真的满意。因为他们是由和尚特別挑選來符合我的情況。縂而來説, Sak Yant清迈的安排真的很令我滿意。這我第一次Sak Yant,我沒後悔選擇Sak Yant Chiang Mai。如果往後我要有更多的Sak Yant,我一定会回到这里,也一定会推荐給朋友。感谢Andrew的詳細网站讓我對Sak Yant的認識。感谢Nana的熱情招待。最重要的是感谢Johnny, 感謝他所做的一切。保持联系。

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…

Josh Abbey

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…


Sak Yant Pricing

N.B. The Monks who perform Sak Yant on females request a 1000 Baht donation minimum for visits to them.
Male alone we can go to a Monk who requests 500 baht donation.  Males and Females will have to go to the Monks who perform Yantra for females

If you are in Chiang Mai, feel free to come into our Old City location to look at designs, ask questions and make appointments.

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