Many visitors who come to Chiang Mai would like to receive a traditional Sak Yant Tattoo, the Sacred or Buddhist Tattoo, from a practicing Buddhist Monk. We are frequently asked for additional information regarding Sak Yant in Chiang Mai but whilst we try do our best to help whenever possible, the sheer volume of E-mails we receive can at times be overwhelming.
Whilst there are many ordinary tattoo studios in Chiang Mai there are very few Buddhist Monks offering Sak Yant to foreigners. These Monks usually work in small, hard to find Temples located well outside of the City. For visitors with limited time, making suitable travel arrangements can be difficult. For those visitors who do not speak Thai, the whole experience can be daunting and bewildering as there will not normally be anyone at these Temples who can speak a single word of English. Choosing a suitable Yant design without understanding its meaning, or trying to ask the Monk to choose something suitable without being able to communicate your reasons for having a Sak Yant is not very satisfactory. If appointments are not made in advance, there may be lengthy queues or you may even discover when you get there that the Monk is not available. For these reasons it is always better to have someone who can speak Thai to go with you.
Phra Ajarn Dton Tanawiiro will perform Sak Yant and give his blessings to both males and females but females are required to wear suitable modest clothing and to bring something that can be used to “cover up”
Phra Ajarn Dton Tanawiiro was taught at Wat Bang Phra in Nakorn Pathom by Luang Pho Dtern and has been doing Sak Yant work for 14 years. He carried out further studies in South Thailand at Wat Khao Awe in Pattalung studying Kathas and also the healing powers of Samoon Phai (herbs and roots used in traditional Thai Medicine)
See other Sak Yant designs from Chiang Mai