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Where Sidewalks End Ink Experiences have a focus on ethically visiting tattoo masters from around the world. We feel that these types of tattoos should not just be a ‘travel souvenir’, but rather have all their traditions and practices honoured.

We work closely with the tattoo masters to understand their practice, and their expectations of our guests, so that we can bring you fully prepared and educated about the cultural significance to what is going to be permanently etched on your body.

Not only does this create a sustainable relationship between the tattoo masters and our guests, but also ensures that the practices do not get altered based on misinformed visitors or foreign expectations.

If you are interested in being part of something sacred, check our Ink Experiences below for one that resonates the most with you, and what you hope to get on a deeper, cultural level with these incredible ancient arts.

  • If you would like to reserve space for your Sak Yant in Ayutthaya, you can see availability right in the calendar below.  It will be a private tour for you, so as soon as you book we will block off that day from anyone else as well.  To book your experience, you can select the number of sak yant desired by you or your private group, select the date and available time and proceed to Book Now. Please make sure all 3 fields are properly selected for the Book Now field to appear. Upon completion of your online reservation, within a few minutes you will get a welcome email requesting some additional information (such as pickup location), sent to the email you use during checkout (if you don't see it, it may be in your junk-mail folder). Please reply to that as soon as you can. Is the date you're looking for not available? Consider trying our other Ink Experience locations. Please note: Songkran Festival is a holiday in Thailand, and sak yant will not be available during this time (April 13-16)! This is another opportunity to consider getting a sak yant on another date or in another city before or after your visit to Ayutthaya.
  • If you would like to reserve space for your Sak Yant in Bangkok, you can see availability right in the calendar below.  It will be a private tour for you, so as soon as you book we will block off that day from anyone else as well. To book your experience, you can select the number of sak yant desired by you or your private group, select the date and available time and proceed to Book Now. Please make sure all 3 fields are properly selected for the Book Now field to appear. Upon completion of your online reservation, within a few minutes you will get a welcome email requesting some additional information (such as pickup location and passport details), sent to the email you use during checkout (if you don't see it, it may be in your junk-mail folder). Please reply to that as soon as you can. Is the date you're looking for not available? Consider trying our other Ink Experience locations. Please note: Songkran Festival is a holiday in Thailand, and sak yant will not be available during this time (April 13-16)! This is another opportunity to consider getting a sak yant on another date or in another city before or after your visit to Bangkok. Please note: Ajarn Neng's Wai Kru ceremony is March 1-3, 2020! He will not be giving sak yant during this time. If you plan on visiting Ayutthaya as well, please consider booking the Ayutthaya Ink Experience there. If you are getting a sak yant just before his ceremony, or are a past guest who would like your yantra re-blessed, consider joining us to Ajarn Neng's Wai Kru!
  • Getting a nat blessing in Bangkok

    Nat blessings are closely related to Sak Yant tattoos, in the sense that they are often given by the same ajarns who perform the sacred tattoo rituals. We believe that participating with ancient practices, such as getting a nat blessing in Bangkok, is one of the best ways to understand more of where you are visiting. We feel that this experience is best enjoyed with someone who understands the process, in addition to having an Ajarn (blessing master) who faithfully takes his work seriously. By sourcing one of the most revered Ajarns for getting a nat blessing in Bangkok, 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 "blessed" in an ancient form. If you are looking for a spiritual connection to the east and don't want to commit to a permanent tattoo, but still have 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 nat blessing, though no sak yant tattoo is included on this experience. Please visit the Ink Experience if you would like a sak yant in Bangkok. Thinking of getting multiple nat blessings in Bangkok on the same day? Travelling as a couple or with a friend and want to share the experience? Since you do not need to hire a guide and driver twice, a discount will automagically be applied as you increase the number of nat blessings. Interested in hiring a private guide for more adventures around Bangkok? Book your licensed tour guide here on our Bangkok Local Experience.
  • Going to the Sak Yant ceremony with Ajarn Neng

    1 Days ex Bangkok Group Size: Min 4 - Max 10 We feel that festivals are one of the most interesting ways of seeing a glimpse into a culture. We also feel that the best way to understand what is happening around you as your senses are being stimulated is to be joined by a local experts on the subject to which the festival is oriented! Your WSE Travel Guru (tour leader) has been specially trained in Sak Yant and their ancient traditions. During Ajarn Neng's sak yant Wai Kru, dozens of people come together to pay respect to their tattoo master, as well as the spirits within their Sak Yant (ancient bamboo tattoos). Join the journey. Participate in the magic of the Wai Kru Experience! Want more info on getting a Sak Yant in Bangkok? Please visit our FAQ - Sak Yant resource guide! *Space is limited! - This is an exclusive trip as the Wai Kru Sak Yant ceremony at Ajarn Neng's samnak that only happens once a year for his past devotees. He sees more than 1000 guests every year who have come through WSE Travel on our Original Ink Experience, many of which who will be interested in joining this experience. Book early to avoid disappointment of missing out on this special annual event!
  • If you would like to reserve space for your Sak Yant in Chiang Mai, you can see availability right in the calendar below.  It will be a private tour for you, so as soon as you book we will block off that day from anyone else as well.  To book your experience, you can select the number of sak yant desired by you or your private group, select the date and available time and proceed to Book Now. Please make sure all 3 fields are properly selected for the Book Now field to appear. Upon completion of your online reservation, within a few minutes you will get a welcome email requesting some additional information (such as pickup location), sent to the email you use during checkout (if you don't see it, it may be in your junk-mail folder). Please reply to that as soon as you can. Is the date you're looking for not available? Consider trying our other Ink Experience locations. Please note: Songkran Festival is a holiday in Thailand, and sak yant will not be available during this time (April 13-16)! This is another opportunity to consider getting a sak yant on another date or in another city before or after your visit to Chiang Mai. Please note: Ajarn Rung's Wai Kru event is April 27-28! He will not be giving sak yant during this time. If you plan on visiting Chiang Rai as well, please consider booking the Chiang Rai Ink Experience there.
  • Getting a nat blessing in Chiang Mai

    Nat blessings are closely related to Sak Yant tattoos, in the sense that they are often given by the same ajarns who perform the sacred tattoo rituals. We believe that participating with ancient practices, such as getting a nat blessing in Chiang Mai, is one of the best ways to understand more of where you are visiting. We feel that this experience is best enjoyed with someone who understands the process, in addition to having an Ajarn (blessing master) who faithfully takes his work seriously. By sourcing one of the most revered Ajarns for getting a nat blessing in Chiang Mai, 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 "blessed" in an ancient form. If you are looking for a spiritual connection to the east and don't want to commit to a permanent tattoo, but still have 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 nat blessing, though no sak yant tattoo is included on this experience. Please visit the Ink Experience if you would like a sak yant in Chiang Mai. Thinking of getting multiple nat blessings in Chiang Mai on the same day? Travelling as a couple or with a friend and want to share the experience? Since you do not need to hire a guide and driver twice, a discount will automagically be applied as you increase the number of nat blessings. Interested in hiring a private guide for more adventures around Chiang Mai? Book your licensed tour guide here on our Chiang Mai Local Experience. Please note: Songkran Festival is a holiday in Thailand, and sak yant will not be available during this time (April 13-16)! This is another opportunity to consider getting a sak yant on another date or in another city before or after your visit to Chiang Mai. Please note: Ajarn Rung's Wai Kru event is April 27-28! He will not be giving nat blessings during this time. If you plan on visiting Bangkok again, please consider booking the Bangkok Ink-less Experience there.
  • Getting a Sak Yant in Chiang Rai

    We believe that the ancient art of the Sak Yant (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 the most revered Ajarns for getting a sak yant in Chiang Rai, 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 Chiang Rai? Please visit our FAQ - Sak Yant resource guide! Thinking of getting multiple Sak Yant in Chiang Rai on the same day? Travelling as a couple or with a friend and want to share the experience? Since you do not need to hire a guide twice, a discount* will automagically be applied as you increase the number of sak yant. *No bulk discounts are available 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. Please note: Songkran Festival is a holiday in Thailand, and sak yant will not be available during this time (April 13-16)! This is another opportunity to consider getting a sak yant on another date or in another city before or after your visit to Chiang Rai.
  • Getting a Sak Yant in Sukhothai

    We believe that the ancient art of the Sak Yant (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 the most revered Ajarns for getting a sak yant in Sukhothai, 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 Sukhothai? Please visit our FAQ - Sak Yant resource guide! Thinking of getting multiple Sak Yant in Sukhothai on the same day? Travelling as a couple or with a friend and want to share the experience? Since you do not need to hire a guide twice, a discount* will automagically be applied as you increase the number of sak yant. *No bulk discounts are available 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. Please note: Songkran Festival is a holiday in Thailand, and sak yant will not be available during this time (April 13-16)! This is another opportunity to consider getting a sak yant on another date or in another city before or after your visit to Sukhothai.
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