100% Authentic Traditional Thai Bamboo Sak Yant Tattoo
Private tours twice a day to Real Temples with Real Monks
In-House Ajarn or Monks in the Old City
Both Women and Men

Watch the Sak Yant Tattoo Monk Experience by Nana from Sak Yant Chiang Mai

Visit real Monks from Sak Yant Temple's and experience this Traditional Thai Culture event.

The Sak Yant Tattoo is a Cultural and Spiritual experience that has just gotten so much easier to get for yourself.  Researching how to get a Sak Yant Tattoo, can be a confusing and long process, many blog posts are outdated or are written by copy and paste of other articles (rather than the actual experience) and present incorrect information.  Monks and Ajarns have moved or died, hygiene procedures have changed,  and much of the information presented online provides conflicting and confusing information.  We are an operating Tour experience - rest assured our information is correct and up to date!


Now you can get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Chiang Mai even if you are Female


For over a year now one Chiang Mai Local (Khun Nana) has become the number one choice for Expats and tourists wanting to get a Sak Yant Tattoo.   Nana's Sak Yant Tattoo Tour experience has created the opportunity for you to enjoy this Awesome adventure as well. You will be going to a real Sak Yant Monk, working from a Temple and getting a 100% Authentic Sak Yant for much less than the price of normal tattoo back home.


Sak Yant Chiang Mai can customize your experience with a selection of 6 Monks and Ajarns preforming the Traditional Thai Tattoo. We can assist both Males and Females, Female travelers alone, using the Traditional Bamboo Needle or using a Tattoo Gun.

Sak Yant Masters

We make your Sak Yant Choice Easy!

We know that making the choice can be confusing, so allow us to select for you (after all with hundreds of customers we have an idea of what people want).  When you order just give us your choice of ...

  1. Temple Tour or In-house (located in the Old City)
  2. Male vs Female (Or if both tell us in the notes)

We will ensure you have a magical experience by selecting from one of over 10 Monks and Ajarns we have available

Visit a genuine Sak Yant Temple Monk in Chiang Mai and experience this Traditional Cultural experience only Thai people know about.     Real Monks, Real Temples and Ajarn's - you will have a 100% Magical Experience.

Our In-House Sak Yant Masters

Get a Sak Yant in Chiang Mai Old City

sak yant tattoo ajarn

Sak Yant Tattoo by Ajarn Master with Steel Needle

Our in-house Ajarn at our Old City Location
Wednesday, Friday 9am-4pm
No tour costs
Steel Needle Only
Air Conditioned room
Walk in appointments available
Ajarn Fee: 2000 Baht (Higher if Larger Sak Yant)
Expert Quality Tattoo Work
Less strict rules of interaction are observed
1000 Baht Deposit required for Booking (leaving 1000 Donation)


Option Suggestion:
People wanting a Magical Sak Yant and also the convenience and less cost associated without having to do the Sak Yant Tour

Sak Yant Reviews


Sak Yant Tattoo by Ajarn K with Steel Needle or Tattoo Gun

Our Visiting Monk (Ajarn from April) at our Old City Location
Thursday 9am-4pm
No tour costs
Steel Needle or Tattoo Gun
Air Conditioned room
Walk in appointments sometimes available
Monk Fee: 2000 Baht (more if getting large Sak Yant)
Expert Quality Tattoo Work
Same Protocols as in a Temple
1000 Baht Deposit required for Booking (leaving 1000 Donation)


Option Suggestion:
People wanting a Magical Sak Yant and also the convenience and less cost associated without having to do the Sak Yant Tour

Sak Yant Reviews

Eak Monk Sak Yant Chiang Mai

Sak Yant Tattoo by Monk Eak with Steel Needle

Our Visiting Monk at our Old City Location
Monday 9am-4pm
No tour costs
Steel Needle
Air Conditioned room
Walk in appointments available
Monk Fee: 2000 Baht (more if getting large Sak Yant)
Expert Quality Tattoo Work
Same Protocols as in a Temple
1000 Baht Deposit required for Booking (leaving 1000 Donation)


Option Suggestion:
People wanting a Magical Sak Yant and also the convenience and less cost associated without having to do the Sak Yant Tour

Sak Yant Reviews

Visit Sak Yant Temple Monks

Temples Monks and Ajarns

Chiang Mai Sak Yant Monks

Sak Yant Experience by Temple Monk with Steel Needle

Car Tour 3000 Baht
1500 Baht per extra person getting Sak Yant
500 Baht per extra person just watching
Monks at Temples
35-40 Km From Chiang Mai
Beautiful authentic Temples
Steel Needle
Monk Fee: Starts 500 Baht (1000 Monk who does Females)
Experience is 100% Authentic
5 Different Monks & Temples
Monk who does females works from Sumnak not a Temple
1000 Baht Deposit required for Booking


Option Suggestion:
People wanting Traditional Spiritual Monk setting using Steel Needle

Sak Yant Reviews

Ajarn Sak Yant Thailand

Sak Yant Experience by Ajarn Steel Needle

Car Tour 2000-3000 Baht
1500 Baht per extra person getting Sak Yant
500 Baht per extra person just watching
WILL DO Sak Yant for Females
Ajarn's in his own property
20-50 Km From Chiang Mai
Steel Needle
Ajarn Fee: 1500-4000 Baht (depends on size)
Expert Quality Tattoo Work
Shorter distance to Ajarns = cheaper tour cost
5 Ajarns to ensure availability
1000 Baht Deposit required for Booking


Option Suggestion:
Sak Yant Master Ajarns, we try to get the closest (and cheaper fees as first option).  Amazing quality work

Sak Yant Reviews


#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

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


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

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

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

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

…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 😉


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。

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...


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

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

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...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...


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

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

Sak yant

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

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...


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

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

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


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

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

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...


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...


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

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.


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

Sak Yant Pricing

Donation amounts are for basic Sak Yant Design. Larger designs will require higher donation

Different Types of Sak Yant Tour Experiences

We attempt to tailor your Sak Yant Tattoo experience to fit your desires, however these are working Monks and sometimes (especially if you are female) you do not get to choose a specific Monk.


Donation to Temple Monks is included for standard Sak Yants.  Extra cost depending on size of the Sak Yant in addition to the cost of the Tour.


An Ajarn charge a fee as they are termed Sak Yant Masters and are no longer working in a Temple. Our In House Ajarn (or Monk on Mondays) requires no Tour fee and you can obtain a Sak Yant at our location in the Old City. 


Sak Yants from our Office start at 2000 baht and up depending on the Sak Yant size and time. Ajarns also do not require such strict protocols and a single Wai saying hello is sufficient

Sak Yant Tour Guide Nana

Special Temple Visit Discount!

Bring your Friends!

Book Additional People on your Sak Yant Tattoo Experience

1500 Baht Extra per Person getting a Sak Yant
500 Baht for friends just wanting to watch

Our In-house service, it is free for your friends to watch

Our Office and Tour Pick Up Location

You will depart from and be brought back to our Store Location in the old city.  Please arrive a few minutes early.  The Address is 7 Arak Road, Soi 5

Please Note:  If want our In-house option, walk-ins are advised to come and book a day or so before to ensure a booking


Sak Yant blessed buddha beads
A range of Buddhist Beans available from our Store and Online Shop.

About the Sak Yant Tattoo Chiang Mai

Sak Yan or Sak Yant Tattoo (Thai: สักยันต์), is a form of tattooing that originated in ancient Tai peoples. It consists of magical geometrical, animal and deity designs accompanied by Pali phrases that offer power, protection, fortune, charisma and other benefits for the bearer. Today it is practiced in Thailand and Myanmar, and to a much lesser extent in Laos and Cambodia. Sak means “to [tattoo]” in Thai, and yant is the Thai pronunciation for the Sanskrit word yantra, meaning “magical design” or “mystical insignia”. Hence the Sak Yant Tattoo is a "Magical Tattoo.


Sak Yant Tattoo designs are normally tattooed by ruesi, wicha (magic) practitioners, and Buddhist monks, traditionally with a long metal rod sharpened to a point called a khem sak.  Although today with many health concerns of the westerners obtaining their tattoos, many practitioners are modernized the Tattoo method.


With the increase popularity of the Sak Yant Tattoo, many ex monks set up a tattoo shop Sak Yant Business and provide the service for tourists for a fee (sometimes this fee exceeds the charge of our genuine experience tour). Often the quality of the ink work is exceptional, exceeding what can be obtained from a long steel needle, but the magic and spiritual aspects of the experiences leave many feeling empty.  This is the difference between a Sak Yant Ajarn (ex monk) which is the usual choice of other online suggestions of the Sak Yant Tattoo in Chiang Mai and our Sak Yant Experience.

Get a Sak Yant in Chiang Mai TourListed below are the different types of Sak Yant Tattoo Chiang Mai Tour's we provide.

1) Sak Yant Temple Monk Visit to small beautiful countryside Temple using Steel Needle

2) Sak Yant Samnak Ajarn Visit to  (preforms Tattoo on Women)

3) In-house Visit to Monk or Ajarn at our Office


Ladies Please Note:  Monks do not like to perform Sak Yant Tattoos on women.  We do have access to Monks who will preform the Sak Yant's on women, only because we have built a history of trust with them. 


1) The Monks are not permitted to work from their Temples and work offsite at a Samnak (scared place). The location is to remain secret, No blogs mentioning names or locations can be shared

2) No photographs of the Monks preforming the Tattoo are allowed (you can have photos of you getting a blessing as can been see on our FaceBook Page)

3) You MUST dress respectfully, which means clothing that covers you elbows and knees

Thai Temple Dress Code


If you want to have photos of you getting your Sak Yant we suggest the In-House or Ajarn as your Sak Yant Tattoo for Women Option.


Other Considerations: Please ensure you know before Booking.

It can take a few days to arrange with the Monk and Temples their availability (Monks tend to be busy and not spend alot of time on cellphones).  Please try to ensure you pre-book at least 7 days ahead if possible. Many of our customers book months in advance, and short time availability is very limited.


If getting a larger Sak Yant Tattoo please ensure you book in the afternoon.  Deciding on a larger and time consuming Sak Yant with a morning booking may require you to pay for a Taxi home, so we can attend to the Afternoon guests.


The Mystic is like an Ajarn, his service is charged at a rate and not by way of a donation.


If you are a women wanting to choose a Monk option  - No photos are to be taken of you getting a Sak Yant, (you can have photos of you and the Monk) and the Monk minimum donation is 1000 baht


If there are two or more people please select an afternoon time slot


A booking deposit of 1000 baht must be made to secure your booking.  The balance can be paid to the Guide at Pickup or at the Office.  We need to ensure we do not waste the Monks time and have determined that paying a deposit is a sign of serious intention and commitment rather than a spur of the moment decision

Tour Times:


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

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This is an extremely popular and personal service that we expect our customers to have researched and have a genuine interest and knowledge of Sak Yant Tattoos.  Please ensure you read the FAQ before emailing and asking questions 🙂