Travellers Can Book A Sacred “Sak Yant” Tattoo At This Bangkok Hotel

In a modern world, it seems like that people still to go through some sort of rite of passage in life. Without the journeys or discrete memories we have of moments in our lives, it seems that we’re living in a constant state of flux. Just moving from one day to the next.

Some people find that getting their first tattoo as a significant milestone — and how could it not be? But rather than just any other tattoo you can get, some people imbue meaning by having a sacred “sak yant” tattoo done.

One of the first times I heard about a sacred Thai bamboo tattoo was from an Australian friend, who wasn’t Thai, but made it a point to travel to Bangkok to one of the temples and get a bamboo tattoo engraved into her skin.  It was originally popularised by actress Angelina Jolie, who received her “sak yant” tattoos in 2003 by sacred tattooist Ajan Noo Kanpai.

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These tattoos are popular among Thais who mostly visit a temple to get inked by a Buddhist monk and are traditional forms of tattooing magical ancient geometric and deity symbols with Buddhist prayers onto the body. The tattoos are sacred blessings that are believed to impart magical powers for luck; protection; charisma; fortune; and other powers onto the wearer to help in their own personal journey.

Because of its popularity and burgeoning waitlist, it almost seems impossible or unattainable by regular standards to get a similar Sak Yant tattoo. Imagine if you could pre-book it and have it in the comfort of your hotel room, though.

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Guess what, you now can book your own private sacred tattoo session at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel which has just introduced their private sacred tattoo services by one of the City of Angels’ most famous Sak Yant masters, Ajarn Neng Onnut. 

Meet Ajarn Neng Onnut, sacred tattooist.

Sak Yant is one of the world’s most ancient and sacred traditions and becoming learned in it includes mastering the intricate art work of the tattoos, which consists of almost 1,000 different graphic images. The most famous Yant is the Haah Taew or five-line Yant; and Ajarn Neng also inks simple one-line Yants and Gao Yord, a nine-spine Yant; or much bigger Yants designs like Twin Tigers.

“Being an Ajarn in Sak Yant was not something I planned, but when I realised it was what I must do, it was as if everything before had been leading me to that moment,” Ajarn Neng explained.

A master, teacher and learned scholar in the sacred art of Sak Yant, Ajarn Neng Onnut has more than ten years of perfecting his expert craft on over 10,000 people under his Khem Sak, and his fascination with this sacred art has been described as something of an obsession.

Sak Yant tattoos, also referred to as bamboo tattoos, are expertly engraved into the skin entirely by hand using a traditional Khem Sak – a handcrafted metal rod designed to replicate the shape of a bamboo stick that is often passed down to an Ajarn, meaning master in Thai, by their own master

So, travellers who are considering getting a “Sak Yant” tattoo can have performed in the privacy of a guest’s suite, or in a private treatment room during their stay at the Anantara Siam — the only hotel in Thailand that has this exclusive private service by the revered master.

Prices for a private Sak Yant tattoo session by Ajarn Neng Onnut at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel are:

  • $USD800  for a small symbol called Na;
  • $USD 1,000 for a one-line Yant; up to
  • $USD3,000 per hour for a Twin Tiger design.

Of course, prior reservation is essential and you need to have it booked in advance. You can contact Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel at +66 2 126 8866 or email [email protected].