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Original Ink Experience – Getting a Sak Yant in Bangkok


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Getting a Sak Yant in Bangkok

We believe that the ancient art of the Sak Yant in Bangkok (bamboo tattoo) is one of the most personal and spiritual experiences one can have in this part of South East Asia. We feel that this experience is best enjoyed with someone who understands the process, in addition to having an Ajarn (tattoo master) who faithfully takes his work seriously. We think quality of the yantra, in addition to having proper sterilization of the equipment both add to your experience being able to enter the process with the assurance that everything will be ok afterwards.

By sourcing one of Bangkok's most revered Ajarns, and adequately training our Travel Gurus (local guide experts), we have carefully crafted one of the most culturally immersive, mindful experiences one could hope for while getting 'inked' in an ancient form.

If you are looking for a specific protection/aid in life, a spiritual connection to the east, or a travel memory that will last a lifetime, this may be what you've been seeking.

Please Note: Price is all inclusive of a consultation and a medium sized sak yant (about the size of your hand), though it is possible the Ajarn may ask for an additional sum if you would prefer to choose your own design or a larger yant, rather than one he has chosen based on your expressed needs.

Want more info on getting a Sak Yant in Bangkok? Please visit our FAQ – Sak Yant resource guide!

Thinking of getting multiple Sak Yant in Bangkok on the same day? Travelling as a couple or with a friend and want to share the experience? Contact us for a possible relevant promo code for multiple Ink Experiences!

*No bulk discounts for single yant purchases or for multi-day bookings.

Is the date you're looking for not available? Consider trying our other Ink Experience locations.

Detailed Description

What should I expect on this TRIP?

Getting a Sak Yant in Bangkok – The process of getting a sak yant (Bamboo Tattoo) is a sacred experience – one that has ancient roots dating back many centuries in South East Asia, and has grown and evolved over time. We feel very fortunate to be able to offer this experience to our guests.

As with any permanent design you are planning to put on your body, it’s probably a good idea to know a bit about the process prior to getting a Sak Yant (Please see our FAQs – Everything you NEED to know about getting a Sak Yant in Bangkok resource). Based on old traditions, it is common for locals to come meet with their Ajarn (tattoo master) prior to getting a Sak Yant, to be able to consult them on things troubling their lives. Here, they would discuss their passions, their goals in life, challenges they face, and even their fears – anything based on their values. This enables to Ajarn to select a yantra (there are over 1000 designs of the tattoos associated with various types of protections) which would fully personalized, to help the guest and to give them an enchantment.

There is a common misconception that ajarns just choose based on reading your aura or energy. This idea is likely is due to some foreigners not having the ability to communicate with the ajarn, and so they would choose a yantra which holds a general protection spell for them, as they could not communicate on any deeper level. It would appear that they read their mind or energy, though it is much more likely they were just unsure of what else to give, and gave something powerful, though more generalized.

We try to bridge that gap with a full consultation prior to your experience. When you visit Bangkok to get a sak yant on our ink experience, you will be able to converse with the ajarn with the aid of your Travel Guru (licensed local guide), to hear the ajarn’s teachings and suggestions for what might help you in your onward journey. It is a beautiful process, and we encourage everyone to go through it, even if you already had a design in mind – he may give you a better suggestion more suited to you.

We take hygiene and quality very seriously, and have many interviewed ajarns to ensure that we could find the best suited for you to get a sak yant in Bangkok. The ajarn we practice with is also comfortable to give a sak yant to women. You will be assured good quality, and hygiene, while being very traditional in the ceremonies, with a respected ajarn – so you can come worry free and be able to be more ‘present’ both mentally, physically, and spiritually for you experience.

On the day of your Sak Yant ceremony, we will have a Travel Guru (local guide) meet you at your hotel or an agreed upon location. You will travel together to a rural area of the city of Bangkok, in which a revered Ajarn’s samnak (traditional sak yant studio) is located. Upon arrival, you will begin to feel the authenticity and seclusion of this ajarn’s practice, and see how serious and involved he really is. Often there are several other locals there awaiting their own blessing and protections from him.

You will be guided through the entire ceremony with the help of your travel guru. The duration of the ceremonies are only about 15 mins total before and after, though the duration of the Sak Yant in Bangkok itself can range anywhere between 15 mins to 4 hours depending on the size and intricacy of the design chosen. It all happens in an incredible setting, and one that not many would ever forget. The smells, the sounds, the statues and masks and incense burning.

Upon completion of your sacred blessing, our travel guru will escort you to a local food market for a well deserved meal, where you can reflect on your experience while further being exposed to the local culture through the sights, sounds, and tastes of this part of the city which is truly off the beaten path.

With your new protection and a full belly, our guide will help arrange transit for your journey back to your hotel, happy and blessed.

Where does this TRIP go?


  • Bangkok
  • Bang Chak (Rural Bangkok)

What Highlights will I see?

  • Local food market for a meal
  • Rural Bangkok, far off the beaten path
  • A discreet Ajarn (tattoo master) studio

What is included?

  • Your sacred Sak Yant protection
  • A Travel Guru (local guide)
  • Transport (bus, taxi, sky train, ferry, etc
  • Pick up from hotel/meeting point, and help arranging transit back
  • Local Meal in a market after your Sak Yant in Bangkok
  • Water & snacks

What is NOT included?

  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
  • International flights or transportation to/from the itinerary’s start point
  • Activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Gratuities and tips
  • All drinks
  • Spending Money

Supporting Local Projects and Foundations

WSE Travel - TRiP Projects - Travel Responsibly, Impact Positively

Every TRiP that you go on with WSE Travel, we will donate 2% (or $1/day per day, per person – whichever is greater), to an environmental project and a community-based project in the country you’re visiting. For information on the projects for this TRiP, please click on the link below: Thailand TRIP projects

14 reviews for Original Ink Experience – Getting a Sak Yant in Bangkok

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Thank you to Where Sidewalks End for fulfilling my dream of getting a sak yant tattoo in Thailand! I am so grateful for this experience and the wonderful people at WSE. The tattoo is also gorgeous. One of the coolest travel experiences of my life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Absolutely amazing experience. The guide (Valentino) made was so helpful, friendly, and informative. I felt absolutely comfortable throughout the entire experience. The tattoo came out beautiful. Highly recommended!

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Thank you for the most amazing time in Bangkok! The Sak Yant experience could not have been more perfect and was exactly the bucket list experience I was hoping for.
    The custom tour of Bangkok far exceeded my expectations and I feel that we were able to see more of the city in one day with you then we would have ever seen in a week of trying to do it ourselves.
    I really appreciate your professionalism and the historical and cultural information you shared on every aspect of our journey.

    Thanks again!

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Awesome! My wife and I enjoyed this so much. Far exceeded all our expectations.

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Great experience! Tour is exactly as described. The guide spoke English very well which is very helpful in translating with the ajarn. Really nice ajarn and very willing to discuss options. Happy with the result and the experience overall. Would totally recommend this!

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    A great experience from start to end. The travel guru was really nice and his english perfect, the ajarn friendly and open to discussion. An important point was that the location is far from crowded compared to other places we read reviews about, in fact we were the only ones to be tattoed that day apparently. We met there a Suiss guy who knows the ajarn and brings him to Europe from time to time to perform his art in tattoo exhibitions, as such he had to adopt the european hygiene standards which is always reassuring. Our tattoos are wonderful and we will keep an amazing souvenir of this experience.

  7. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    My wife and I had such an amazing experience getting our sak yant with WSE. Our guide, Valentino, was so friendly and informative and he put us immediately at ease. The ajarn listened to our ideas and a little about us and then discussed his idea for us which was perfect. Ian was always so quick to respond to emails and to answer my questions. Looking forward to future adventures with WSE!

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I had a great experience in Bangkok! The sak yant immediately felt like a part of me and I felt comfortable the whole time!

  9. 5 out of 5

    I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo for a few years now. I couldn’t make up my mind as to where and what to get. A couple of years ago I heard about Sak Yant and I knew I had to get it. I came to Bangkok just for that. I decided to go with WSE for the clean needle – I watched the ajarn open the box – and the guide. From what I’ve heard, the experiences from the traditional temples is pretty impersonal now a days in an effort to get the masses moving through, in and out.

    This was great! Everyone was patient, peaceful and pleasant. Now, with my tattoo, I do feel slightly like a new person. Just go for it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Je vais faire exception et laisser mes commentaires en Français émoticône smile:-). mille mercis à WSE pour l’organisation de mon expérience Sak Yant avec Ajarn Neng. Guide à l’heure au lieu de RDV fixé et d’une extrême gentillesse. Il m’a expliqué comment aller se dérouler cette expérience et y a participer activement. Il était important pour moi de réaliser ce Sak Yant en Thaïland et nul part ailleurs. Le rituel fut magique, plein d’intensité et rempli d’émotion. INOUBLIABLE . Je recommande donc vivement WSE à toutes personnes souhaitant vivre une expérience pareil. Mes meilleures salutations à vous ainsi qu’à mon guide . All the best. François

  11. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    What an experience! Thank you WSE for making this possible! My guide was Valentino, his English is perfect and he helped a lot in the translation between Arjan and me so he would propose me a tattoo with the meaning I asked for and also negotiate for it to be placed on my ribcage (believe the recommendations , the pain to tattooing the rib is quite intense). The Arjan was very friendly and kind, used a new needle that he opened in front of me, the place was very clean. Was a unique and unforgettable experience. Thank you!

  12. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I will start by saying I don’t do reviews often. The WSE Experience truly exceeded my expectations. It started with Ian’s immediate responses to my emails. He openly offered to assist with any questions I had about my travels, even those unassociated with with my Sak yant experience. All information was provided without any need to ask. My guide, Valentino, could not have been more welcoming or friendly. He was absolutely exceptional. I could not recommend this experience, and WSE, more highly.

  13. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Amazing experience !! I was a bit nervous because it is a very different tattoo. But Ajarn Neng, guide Valentino and others there helped me to understand and calm down. Thanks Ian and WSE Team for this incredible experience.

  14. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    From the beginning this experience was amazing! Ian was very quick and clear with his responses and made you feel safe and comfortable from the get-go. Valentino was a great guide and helped prepare us for what we were to expect with Ajarn Neng. Overall, I would highly recommend going with WSE if you’re interested in getting a sak yant!

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