WHERE TO GET A SAK YANT TATTOO IN THAILAND

Details of Wat Bang Phra and Sak Yant Chiang Mai

Where to Get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Thailand

Where to get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Thailand. Details of Wat Bang Phra (Bangkok) and Sak Yant Chiang Mai for Bamboo Tattoos.  The traditional Sak Yant Tattoo is an amazing way to experience the deeper spiritual aspects of Thailand's culture.  For many people the fascination starts months and sometimes years before hand, and getting a Sak Yant in Thailand is one of the most important aspects of their holiday to Thailand.  Until now, the only option has been to go to 50 kilometers out of Bangkok to Wat Bang Phra early in the morning and wait in a line with 20 to 50 other people.

 

Now you can get a Traditional Bamboo Tattoo in Thailand (Chiang Mai) even if you are Female - One on One with a Monk or Ajarn

Where to get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Thailand

Wat Bang Phra (Bangkok)

Wat Bang Phra just 50 km out of Bangkok is famous for it's daily mass Sak Yant Tattooing. Generally you will arrive around 8am and buy your offering, then sit and wait with other people. Men and women are divided into two groups, the Men get their Sak Yant from a Monk, while the women are usually sent to an Ajarn. The Sak Yants are done in groups of about 20 people. When the previous group is complete, the monk blesses the next batch of offerings observed to be between 18 and 30.  Sometimes the day will end without you having an opportunity to see a Monk.

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Wat Bang Phra, does 20 people at a time and waiting all day is not uncommon

Many of the blog posts you will find on the internet are from people who went to Wat Bang Phra. It is from these sources of information you will be warned about the unhygienic repetitive use of the same needles, ink that contains snake venom and charcoal, No choice of Sak Yant Design (The Monks Choose) and other such practices that tend to occur when you are part of a mass group with limited time.

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However Wat Bang Phra is a globally recognize institution, with many Ajarns crediting their start to the Temple.  Wat Bang Phra holds yearly the Wai Kru ceremony where thousands of Thais go to get their Sak Yant Re-blessed; (often being possessed by the animal spirits of the Sak Yant).

 

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Done old school, the Sak Yants at Wat Bang Phra maybe a concern for the hygiene aware

Wat Bang Phra is the central icon of the Sak Yant world, and while they have not modernized to meet the hygiene standards of the western world, it remains the most popular and well known Sak Yant facility in the world

 

Wat Bang Phra Location


 

Sak Yant Chiang Mai

For those people who want a more imitate Sak Yant Experience, where hygiene standards are similar to those found in the West; or females wanting a Sak Yant for Women by a Monk then Chiang Mai, Thailand is the place to go.

 

Sak Yant Guide Nana
Sak Yant Guide Nana, with a Selection of Sak Yant Designs available at Sak Yant Chiang Mai

 
One Chiang Mai Local (Khun Nana) has been quietly providing the opportunity for people to get a Traditional Thai Bamboo Tattoo (Sak Yant) for over a year now.   Nana's Sak Yant Tattoo Tour experience is a small private tour where she will personally take one or two people to local Thai Temples, with real Monks to get a Thai Bamboo Tattoo.   In November 2016 she opened a small shop in Chiang Mai's old city where visiting Monks and Ajarns perform the Sak Yant Tattoo and Blessing in a private and intimate setting.  Nana has gone out of her way to ensure all the Monks and Ajarns she takes guests to, use new needles for every Sak Yant Tattoo and provide excellent artistic detail.
 
Monk Ajarn Sak Yant
 

At Sak Yant Chiang Mai, you can book a time online, either a Tour to a remote Temple Monk or one of the visiting Monks or Ajarns who work from a Sannak (scared Sak Yant Room) from an location in Chiang Mai's old city. The experience is an intimate one on one with a guide who asks you the reason you want a Sak Yant, shows you designs that suit that specific purpose, translate this to the Monk who can then create an individual Sak Yant that is chosen by you. Your Sak Yant is individually blessed, and the staff ensure you have photos to remember your experience.

 

Sak Yant Chiang Mai Location

 

Video of a Sak Yant Chiang Mai Tour

Get a genuine Traditional Thai Sak Yant Bamboo Tattoo in Thailand (Chiang Mai) without the crowds of Bangkok's Wat Bang Phra -  Real Monks, Real Temples  - 100% Magical Experience.


About the Traditional Thai Bamboo Tattoo (Sak Yant) in Thailand

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.

 

Traditional Thai Bamboo 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 Traditional Thai Bamboo 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.


 

What our Sak Yant Customers have to 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

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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 will.be using cmlocals the next time I come to cm. And…

David wilkins

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

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…

Chamith

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…

aninda

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

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

Awesome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

Stefania

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.

Claire

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

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

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

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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

Wonderful!

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

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

KI SOO LEE

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

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

Thank you for the amazing experience!

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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

beautiful tattoo and monk experience with Sak Yant Chiang Mai

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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…

Desiree

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…

willyusas

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.

Kruti

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

…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 😉

Markg

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

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

Sak Yant Options

Different types of Sak Yant Bamboo Tattoo Options at Sak Yant Chiang Mai

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