Original Ink Experience – Getting a Sak Yant in Bangkok

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Original Ink Experience – Getting a Sak Yant in Bangkok

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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), 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.

From: $250USD

Detailed Description

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? 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.

Interested in hiring a private guide for more adventures around Bangkok? Book your licensed tour guide here on our Bangkok Local Experience.

Item Details
Pick-up Point Your Bangkok Hotel (specified to us ‘after’ your online reservation via email)
Drop-off Point Your Bangkok Hotel
Duration Between 3-5 hours (depending on distance of your hotel, and duration of your consultation)
Physical Level Moderate (some pain is involved – varies depending on location of the tattoo, and your own tolerance)
Cultural Rating High – Deep cultural exchange
Ages 18+ (must be 18 or older for getting tattoos – observers may be younger)
Group Size Private – Max 4 sak yant/people per booking (larger groups may be possible on request)

Itinerary for getting a sak yant in Bangkok

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 Bangkok.

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

Who gives you a sak yant in Bangkok?

Ajarn Neng - Sak Yant in Bangkok

Ajarn Neng – Sak Yant in Bangkok

The ajarn we practice with primarily in Bangkok is known as Ajarn Neng. He has been a master of sak yant, and well respected in the Thai community for his practice since 2007. Ajarn Neng is the former student of Ajarn Tong, Ajarn Pat, Ajarn Luan Peedt, & Ajarn Nhat Tha Dhed. He studied under all these grand masters learning and perfecting his skills before becoming a sak yant ajarn himself.

Though relatively unknown to the outside world prior to our collaboration with him, he has since served thousands of foreigners coming to learn about his trade and experience the ancient rituals of sak yant. Celebrity guests include Steven Seagal and Where Sidewalks End guest, Brooke Shields. He has also been featured on Al Jazeera news channel.

Ajarn Neng is known as a powerful sak yant master, with a strong magic. His distinctive style is heavy handed with very bold and pronounced line work. He takes hygiene very seriously and new needle tips and ink pots are used for each guest, along with new latex rubber gloves worn by himself and his assistants.

He is a humble ajarn, known for listening well and being very mindful in his consultations. His knowledge and wisdom is also met with an affection towards other living beings, as is evident with some of the animals you’ll see wandering his samnak. When not giving sak yant, Ajarn Neng loves watching Animal Planet!

His assistant and disciple, Ajarn Too, fills in for Ajarn Neng on his days off, or when he is travelling the world. A long time study of Ajarn Neng, he has adopted a very similar style, quality and demeanour, almost indistinguishable from that of his master. As they are from the same lineage, the power of the sak yant is also the same. He is a wonderful ajarn, and we are thrilled to have the occasional opportunity to practice with him as well!

What is included in your Ink Experience in Bangkok?

Your sak yant experience includes:
– information provided before your experience to educate you and properly prepare you
– pick-up and drop-off transfers to your hotel (must be centrally located within Bangkok).
Note: We will choose the fastest transit based on the location of your hotel. This could be a taxi, skytrain, subway, boat, or any combination of these
– a specially trained and licensed guide who will facilitate your experience
– a fully translated consultation with the ajarn to discuss what yant would best suit you based on your life’s values (your passions, fears, goals and challenges you face).
– all offerings for the ritual (flowers, incense, etc)
– a high quality, traditional and clean sak yant (included medium size – larger require more to be paid locally).
– food (simple lunch and snacks) to keep your energy levels up
– one complimentary guest to come observe and provide support for you during your experience (must be pre-arranged!)

What is not included in your Ink Experience in Bangkok?

Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
– International flights or transportation to/from the itinerary’s start point
– Accommodation in Bangkok (we suggest Agoda for the best hotel rates)
– Activities not listed in the itinerary
– Meals not listed in the itinerary
– Gratuities and tips
– All drinks
– Spending Money

More information about getting a sak yant?

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.

Supporting Local Projects with our TRiP Foundation

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 or community-based project in the country you’re visiting. We want to ensure that every guest we help, in turn helps support and preserve the destination we’re experiencing together as a direct result. We live by an ethos to Travel Responsibly & Impact Positively (TRiP).

For more information on the projects supported by this experience, please visit our Thailand TRIP projects.

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

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hannah (verified owner)

    This experience was more than we could have hoped for! It felt so special and sacred and is something we will never forget. We are so glad we included this in our journey to Thailand. We were very happy with our Ajarn, he listened to our goals and chose a Sak Yant that was personal to each of us. Our guide Coco was wonderful! Very friendly and made us feel very welcome and comfortable.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ben (Canada) (verified owner)

    Amazing experience!

    A Sak Yant was something that I had wanted for a long time and I am happy that I chose this company for arrangements. From pick up to drop off, everything was nicely arranged. Our guide Coco was patient and created a highly personalised experience.

    Additionally, Ian was very kind and prompt with all the questions and concerns ahead of time.

    Much appreciated!

    If you are thinking of getting a Sak Yant, do consider them as it was a great experience from start to finish.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Abaya (verified owner)

    We truly enjoyed this experience. In researching this for our trip, we knew that there were other ways to get a Sak Yant. We’re thrilled that we chose to go with WSE.

    Booking was very easy and Ian was very good about answering all our questions. A few days before our appointment, we received an email with some tips for preparing for our Sak Yant appointment. Perhaps the most useful part was having our Guru, Valentino. On our drive to Ajarn Neng’s home, he reviewed the steps with us and explained each one of them. He translated our conversation with Ajarn Neng, which helped us explain our reasons for getting a Sak Yant. By translating, Valentino personalized the experience to us and we had a great conversation with the Ajarn, resulting in Sak Yants that were truly specific to our hopes and wishes.

    Thank you everyone at WSE!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Larissa prouse (verified owner)

    My first Sak Yant Bamboo Tattoo with
    (Shaman) Ajarn Too….
    Thankyou @arjannengthaisakyant
    Also Thank you to my amazing translator @natcha_sea what amazing person, you really helped make it easier for me Thanku for guiding me through out the entire process!!! “My Beautiful Thai Friend”😊
    Last but not least huge shout out and thanks to “Ian” @globe_trottah for investing his time, patience and caring for me these last two months. I have never met this individual but the last two months he has been giving me information and helping me prepare for my three week trip here to Thailand, can’t thank you enough for all the information you’ve given me not to mention for booking my first Sak Yant. Anyone interested in having one of these done I highly and strongly recommend this company, @wsetravel very professional, as well as answering any and every single question you have from the heart. Having a tattoo done by an Ajarn (shaman) Will be an unforgettable experience rather than going to a tattoo shop. Having them done by and blessed by an Ajarn awakens the tattoo and it’s powers… I love my Sak Yant Thanku everyone so much!!!❤️❤️❤️

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lars (verified owner)

    I had an amazing experience. The communication from start to finish was super professional and I felt in good hands from start to finish. The travel gurus & translators where great people and they made this experience even more enjoyable.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    vc1258 (verified owner)

    An amazing experience during my time in Bangkok! It felt very personal and sacred; my guide Coco translated everything and that sakyant was more than I could ever hope for! Also brought me around to try different street foods, and was attentive throughout the trip. Thank you!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jillian (verified owner)

    Thanks for the great experience! My guide (Kuhn Gob) was amazing and very helpful. Ajarn Neng was very sweet.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kim N. (verified owner)

    The experience was great from start to finish. Our guide Ice was awesome! He was very informative & knowledgeable & answered all of our questions (thank you again Ice for all of your help!!). Our ajarn Neng was wonderful as well. He was very quick & precise, & made sure our sak yant were customized to our liking. Our Sak Yants are absolutely perfect! I highly recommend WSE if you are considering to have a Sak Yant done as you can ensure that you’ll be in good hands! 🙂

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kristyn Notholt (verified owner)

    My Sak Yant experience through Where Sidewalks End was truly a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this for someone who is looking for a truly unique tattoo experience. Ice, our travel guru, was absolutely phenomenal. Not only did he walk us through the whole Sak Yant process but he took our down time and turned it into such an educational experience. Telling us about Thai history, life in Thailand, and talked with us about Thai food and how it differs from other cuisines. Next time we come back he has me sold on doing the food tour!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    mikemianic (verified owner)

    i’m glad i chose wheresidewalksend to help me have my fisrt sak yant. i highly recommend them if you want to experience it too. my guide was Gon. he was on time. he explained to me and answered all my questions about the experience.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    samantha.bryant4 (verified owner)

    I had an amazing experience getting my sak yant tattoo in Bangkok. My guide, Valentino, was really laid back and chill and did a great job explaining the process and cultural significance of the tattoo. Ajarn Neng was incredible. He spent a while flipping through options, asking me questions, and talking with me through the help of my guru before settling on the right sak yant. Ajarn Neng was quick and efficient and his apprentice was also friendly and helpful. I’m so glad I chose to go with WSE instead of the other local option because getting to have the conversation with Ajarn Neng made the entire process that much more special. I absolutely love my tattoo and can’t wait to go back for another.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Damitrice Marrero (verified owner)

    From start to finish this company has been professional and helpful in every aspect. Three women traveling alone in a foreign country we had to be careful but Ian and his team put us at ease thru the process. The ajarn was quick and efficient and everything is as clean as they state it is as hygiene is very important. Yes you can get a sak yant without a guide but then you fall into the issues of translation. For this exact reason we chose WSE travel and would do it again with them. Thanks guys love my tattoo…until next time

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