Photo Essay: Sak Yant Bamboo Tattoos in Thailand

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Photo Essay: Sak Yant Bamboo Tattoos in Thailand

This is a photo essay on the temple Wat Bang Phra, just outside Bangkok in Thailand. This is where  I got my Sak Yant bamboo tattoo with my brother by a monk at the temple seen below. If you would like more details on how to get here, along with photos of the tattoos themselves, please check out the full article on our experience getting ours by clicking here: Sak Yant: Getting inked the ol’ fashioned way in Thailand.

Exploring the temple’s grounds


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Wat Bang Phra – The temple where it all happens

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Small shrines and pagodas are scattered throughout the property

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A Buddha shrine


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A really big gong

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Monks in the shade

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About the Author:

From a young age, Ian was always a wanderer. He's since travelled to all 7 continents, and has spent the majority of his life pursuing this passion. Follow him in his off-the-beaten-path adventures and discoveries!


  1. Kristin of Be My Travel Muse January 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    We ended up with totally different photos of the same place! Kind of love when that happens, actually. Nice memories looking through your shots 🙂

    • Ian Ord January 30, 2013 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Hey Kristin – funny how we also ended up with totally different tattoos 😉 I have some news about a festival here in late march that you may be interested in. It’s a time when locals go to get their tat’s “recharged” and some of the animal instincts come out!!! Sounds wild… if interested, let me know!

  2. Sean April 13, 2013 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Can u give me some more info into the placement of the tattoo and the kind of ink used? I have a certain spot i want to get done due to otjer ink i already have. Which monk did yours also? You can email me directly. im going in june . Thanks

    • Ian Ord - Where Sidewalks End April 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Hey mate – the ink was a charcoal mixture that gets pounded into your skin with the needle. Theoretically you should be able to discuss with the monk what is best for you and agree on the ‘protection’ you’re getting which suits you best, though often they will choose for you. I however, knew what I wanted, and asked for it. Many of the tattoos have specific locations they’re supposed to go, though if you already have a tattoo there, it should be movable… though remember this is an ancient practice, so it’s best to abide by much of their traditions as to not insult the practice too much. 🙂

      • Sean April 17, 2013 at 1:16 am - Reply

        Thanks for the info and response. I’ve wanted a tattoo there since i can remember. Can you recommend any reference material that u researched prior to pick ur design? Just curious because alot of tattoo design images on the net are not true Sak Yant from what I have seen. Thanks for the info

  3. Sean April 13, 2013 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Thanks for any info. Cheers

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