How to Get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok Thailand

Where to get a Sak Yant Bamboo Tattoo Bangkok Thailand

Find out where is the best place to get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok Thailand. List of Sak Yant Tattoo Temples and Sak Yant Masters where you can get a Real Bamboo Tattoo in Bangkok The Sak Yant Tattoo is an awesome Cultural and Spiritual experience that has never been easier to get for yourself. Find out where to get the Best Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok

Get a Sak Yant Bamboo Tattoo in Bangkok Thailand

Your options for getting a the best Sak Yant Bamboo Tattoo in Bangkok consist of the following

1) Via a Sak Yant Tour Company or local guide who can take and translate for you
2) A Monk at a Sak Yant  Bangkok Temple | Wat Bang Phra
3) An Sak Yant Master Ajarn in Bangkok at their Samnak

Following are details of the some of your options when getting a Traditional Thai Sak Yant in Bangkok, Thailand.  First is probably the best option which is Sak Yant Bangkok a private guide service that goes to 3 or more different Sak Yant Masters. Second Wat Bang Phra, the most famous Sak Yant Tourist Attraction, and then a list of some Sak Yant Arjans in Bangkok, Thailand.

You should however NEVER get a Sak Yant from a Tattoo Shop.  Not only are they fakes with no spiritual value, they usually cost several times more as they cater to nativity of Tourists who fail to investigate and plan ahead of time. Not to sure what is a Sak Yant? You can read about them here 

1) Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok with Sak Yant Bangkok

Ajarn Ta Sak Yant Bangkok
Sak Yant Master Ajarn Ta - One of the best without charging Tourist more because of his fame.

Get a Sak Yant in Bangkok with Sak Yant Bangkok Guide Service.  Sak Yant Bangkok goes to several different Sak Yant Masters depending on what type of experience you wish to have.

If you are looking for a complete Experience the best place for a Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok is first and foremost at a business that replicates the same ethics and standards as Sak Yant Chiang Mai.  Sak Yant Bangkok provides an English speaking guide who will meet you at the BTS station closest to a choice of many Sak Yant Masters including Ajarn Ta, Ajarn To and Ajarn God (Wat Bang Phra) take you to them, and help translate your intentions and desires for a unique and custom Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok.

Sak Yant Bangkok uses well known and respected Sak Yant Masters who have arranged to get the Thai Price – making your experience cheaper than many of the western run agencies.

For details on how to make an appointment. Sak Yant Bangkok Website

Best place for a Sak Yant in Bangkok is Sak Yant Bangkok

Sak Yant Bangkok Ajarn Ta Full Back
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Sak Yant Tattoo Bangkok Twin Tiger
Sak Yant tattoo Bangkok Ajarn Ta

2) Where to get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok Temple? Wat Bang Phra

sak yant in bangkok wat bang phra
Wat Bang Phra Sak Yant Temple in Bangkok, The birth place of Tourists Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok

Wat Bang Phra Temple is just 50 km out of Bangkok is the world famous Sak Yant Temple in Bangkok

Generally you will arrive around 8am and buy your offering, then sit and wait with other people. Men and women are divided into two groups, the Men get their Sak Yant from a Monk, while the women are usually sent to an Ajarn on a different floor.

The Sak Yants are done in groups of about 20 people. When the previous group is complete, the monk blesses the next batch of offerings observed to be between 18 and 30 people at a time.  Sometimes at busy times the year the day can end without you having an opportunity to see a Monk for a Sak Yant at Bangkok famous Temple.

Many of the blog posts you will find on the internet are from people who went to Wat Bang Phra Sak Yant Temple. It is from these sources of information you will be warned about the unhygienic repetitive use of the same needles, ink that contains snake venom and charcoal, No choice of Sak Yant Design (The Monks Choose) and other such practices that tend to occur when you are part of a mass group with limited time.  By being prepared you can avoid most of these concerns.

Wat Bang Phra Temple is a globally recognize institution, with many Ajarns crediting their start to the Sak Yant Temple.  Wat Bang Phra holds yearly the Wai Kru ceremony where thousands of Thais go to get their Sak Yant Re-blessed; (often being possessed by the animal spirits of the Sak Yant).  Wat Bang Phra used to be the number one choice of many Thai’s and tourists alike in the Bangkok area.

Wat Bang Phra Sak Yant Temple in Bangkok is the central icon of the Sak Yant world, and while they have been slow to modernized to meet the hygiene standards of the western world, and succumbed to numerous one star rating, it remains the most popular and well known Sak Yant Temple in the world


Is Bangkok’s Sak Yant Temple (Wat Bang Phra) for you?

Over Crowding at Wat Bang Phra Sak Yant Temple
Wat Bang Phra crowding

It is not uncommon for Wat Bang Phra to have 40-100 people a day to receive a Sak Yant.  This means customers are often crowded together on concrete floors, intense heat and have to wait sometimes all day.

It is not uncommon for a person to not have time to receive a Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok from Wat Bang Phra their first attempt.

It can be disappointing after traveling the 50km from Bangkok

 to arrive and find that you will have to spend many hours waiting for a spot to become available.

Inconsistent Hygiene at Wat Bang Phra Sak Yant Temple

Many blog posts written about getting a Sak Yant in Bangkok at Wat Bang Phra often talk about the unsafe way in which tattoos are applied.

This is for 3 main reasons,

  1. The Monks believe the Magic of the Sak Yant protects from un-sterilized practice.
  2. Just too many people going for time to replace each needle
  3. Many people only give the Temple offerring (not giving a Monk Donation). It is the latter that allows choice of design and pays for new ink and needles
No Couples Experience at Wat Bang Phra Sak Yant Temple
wat bang phra Bamboo Tattoo Couples

Wat Bang Phra Sak Yant Temple in Bangkok does not allow females to get a Sak Yant at the Temple by a Monk.

Males and females are separated for their Sak Yant Temple experience which does not allow the opportunity for couples or people traveling together to get a Sak Yant in Bangkok together.

While this is not an issue if your a male tourist getting a Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok, it does put a damper on the experience for couples and families.

Tout’s separating Westerner Tourist for Expensive Sak Yants
wat bang phra Sak Yant Temple

Lately their are a growing number of reviews saying that western tourists are meet by touts who show them rooms to get a Sak Yant that are not part of the main Temple.

Here people are shown folders with designs with prices similar to using an Ajarn in Bangkok that are more expensive than the Monks charge. 

This might be a reaction to misinformed tourists thinking they only need to donate what they feel, however it makes for a bad experience and many low ratings on review websites.

Wat Bang Phra Sak Yant Tattoo Quality - effy at best

While it is possible to get some nice looking Sak Yant Tattoos from Wat Bang Phra – it is not an important consideration from the Temple itself.  Here you can see some shocking horrible Temple Sak Yant’s taken from Tripadvisor and some of the local guide services taking people to the Temple for a Sak Yant

Bangkok Temple Sak Yant
Wat Bang Phra Sak Yant
Sak Yant Tattoo at Wat Bang Phra
Wat Bang Phra Sak Yant
Sak Yant Rules from Wat Bang Phra Temple
  • Do not eat Star fruit, Pumpkin, or any other ‘Gourd’ type Vegetable.
  • Do not be anybody’s Lover who is already married
  • Do not slander anybody’s Mother
  • Do not eat food from a Wedding, or Funeral banquet.
  • Do not eat left-Overs.
  • Do not duck under a washing Line, or an overhanging building.
  • Do not duck under a Banana Tree of the type Thaanii (classed as important to avoid).
  • Do not cross a single head bridge; Large or Small bridges are not Forbidden
  • Do not sit on a Ceramic Urn (Common in Thailand). Especially a Cracked, or Broken one.
  • Do not let a Woman Lie on top of you, or sit on top either.
  • Do not permit a Man to be brushed by the blouse or skirt of a Woman, or crossed in Front of; Especially during the Menstruation Period
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Wat Bang Phra Sak Yant Temple in Bangkok has always been a School for young Monks. As such the Sak Yant Rules from Wat Bang Phra include many aspects that do not relate to the western visitor

Location Map - Wat Bang Phra Sak Yant Temple Bangkok

Wat Bang Phra Location

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3) Best Place to get a Sak Yant in Bangkok? Sak Yant Master Ajarns

What is a Sak Yant Ajarn?

An alternative to getting your Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok is with a Sak Yant Arjan.  Ajarns (also called a Sak Yant Master)  is usually a former Monk who has decided to follow the Magical Arts as a career choice after leaving the Temple and life as a Monk.  Sak Yant Arjans create their own Samnaks (Blessed and Holy rooms for Magical work), tend to have greater skills than Monks. 

Sak Yant Masters in Bangkok are no longer supported by the Temple and higher living costs, so prices vary depending on location and design size. However the Ajarn will often either speak English or have staff that do, and can talk with the customer and get their views on which Sak Yant Tattoo they would like or think best for them.

A second advantage of visiting an  a Sak Yant Master Ajarn is the standards of hygiene are similar to those of any professional tattoo studio. The reasons many have an aversion to going to Wat Bang Phra are not of any concern with when getting a Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok with a Sak Yant Master. The Ajarn will use a new steel tip for each session and change the ink.  However the price of using a private session with an Ajarn in Bangkok will be comparable to using a regular Tattoo Studio.  Except Ajarn Noo Kanpai, who after providing the Sak Yant Tattoo for Angelina Jolie now charges thousands of dollars for a private session.

Arjan Sak Yant Masters located in other parts of Thailand like Chiang Mai, Pai and Chiang Rai can be considerably cheaper than getting a Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok.  Many people find that they can fly to Chiang Mai, get a Sak Yant and spend a few days for the same cost as going to an Ajarn for a Sak Yant in Bangkok city.

Following are a few Ajarns for those unable to travel and need to get a Sak Yant in Bangkok city

Ajarn Fluke Sak Yant Bangkok
Ajarn Fuke Sak Yant in Bangkok

369 Phattharaniwet Samakkhi Village
+66 95 558 8578

Ajarn Fu Sak Yant Tattoo Bangkok
Ajarn Fu Bamboo Tattoo Bangkok

Soi 6, Rarm Intra Road
+66 85 736 9784

Ajarn Neng Sak Yant Bangkok
Ajarn Neng Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok

288/296 Phueng Mi 50/24 Alley
+66 85 075 9061

Ajarn Tom Sak Yant Bangkok
Ajarn Ta Bangkok Sak Yant Tattoo

147/7 Sukhumvit 4 Soi Samahan
+66 95 251 8767

Ajarn Noo Kanpai Sak Yant Bangkok
Ajarn Noo Kanpai bamboo Tattoo Bangkok

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4) The Best Place in Bangkok for a Sak Yant Tattoo? - Come to Chiang Mai instead

About Sak Yant tattoos
Sak Yant Guide Nana, with a Selection of Sak Yant Designs available at Sak Yant Chiang Mai

For those people who want a more imitate Sak Yant Experience, where hygiene standards are similar to those found in the West; for 1/3rd to 1/2 the price of getting a Sak Yant Tattoo in Bangkok – then Chiang Mai, Thailand is the place to go. 

Sak Yant Chiang Mai is a co-op of many local Monks and Ajarns, coming together to provide guests with knowledge and awareness of what they are doing before getting a Sak Yant.

Sak Yant Chiang Mai has the benefits of providing from a single location the ability to go to either a Temple with a Monk or obtain a Sak Yant from an Ajarn in the holy samnak from a central location in Chiang Mai city.

Read More: How to get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Chiang Mai

Jeremy Gleeson
Jeremy Gleeson
I hadn’t planned anything when I came to Thailand as far as a tattoo but I knew I wanted one. When I found the shop it was closed so I came back the next day and the staff were immediately super friendly and very helpful. I wasn’t going to have time to book a full temple visit as they were booked out till after I left but the master said he would be able to do the design after hours. When I came back for the appointment they were so hospitable and engaging. They were wonderful throughout the whole process, they would translate to me when having conversations in Thai, in general the whole thing was an amazing experience. I will definitely be coming back the next time I make it to Thailand. 12/10 would recommend.
nicolas audet
nicolas audet
Amazing experience ans staff ! If you want to live the real thing and not just getting a cheap tattoo in thailand, that's the place to go.
Sophie Struthers
Sophie Struthers
One of the best experiences of my life! everything was very clear and explained well, very welcoming staff who made me feel comfortable and cared for the entire time. I will definitely be back the next time I am in Chiang Mai <3
Kees Elling
Kees Elling
The best and real Sak Yany tattoo in the city, everywhere else is fake.
Felix Allen
Felix Allen
I got my first Sak Yant done here and had a great experience. I received the Gao Yord design by Ajarn Beer, who was extremely quick and produced a great looking tattoo which I am very happy with.
Miriam Lam
Miriam Lam
Absolutely amazing experience getting Sak Yant tattoo here. They were able to accommodate and squeeze me in last minute into my boyfriend’s booked appointment when I decided I also wanted one :) The ajarn was very talented and the staff was so friendly and helpful throughout the process. Such an unforgettable experience. Highly recommend!
Dylan Dauvois Gil
Dylan Dauvois Gil
Merci à vous 😊

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