Chiang Mai Ink Experience – Getting a Sak Yant with Ajarn Sam
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 Sam’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.
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 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 “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 – see examples below), 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. We include up to an hour session with the ajarn (this includes both the time for consultation, translations, questions, answers) as well as the yantra (which are much faster than tattoo machines). Each additional 30 mins needed for larger or more detailed yantras is about $100 USD or 3200 THB (which can be paid locally to the ajarn in cash). It depends on how big, how much time, and how much detail is being added, though if you are planning on getting something bigger/more detailed than what we include, we need to let him know in advance, as he blocks time slots for each reservation, and may already have the time after your reservation filled up.
Want more info on getting a Sak Yant in Chiang Mai? Please visit our FAQ – Sak Yant resource guide!
Thinking of getting multiple Sak Yant 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 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 Chiang Mai? Book your licensed tour guide here on our Chiang Mai Local Experience.
Your Chiang Mai Hotel (specified to us ‘after’ your online reservation via email)
Your Chiang Mai Hotel
Between 3-5 hours (depending on distance of your hotel, and duration of your consultation)
Moderate (some pain is involved – varies depending on location of the tattoo, and your own tolerance)
High – Deep cultural exchange
18+ (must be 18 or older for getting tattoos – observers may be younger)
Private – Max 4 sak yant/people per booking (larger groups may be possible on request)