I received my Sak Yant (tattoo) from Ajarn Thoy in Bangkok. The design is called, Kao Yord.

What is a Sak Yant?

A Sak Yant is a sacred tattoo originating from South East Asia. It is a geometric design understood to possess magic and power. There a many different types of designs, each serving a unique purpose. It is generally understood that the Sak Yants’ main purpose is to defend the bearer of the tattoo from evil and physical harm, very much acting as a protection aura. With that said, please don't go out and test it out by running in front of a car or something.

What is a Kao Yord?

The Kao Yord is a specific type of Sak Yant. It means 9 (Sak) Spires (Yant). The spires and designs within represents Buddha's unwavering path to perfection and enlightenment. It is usually one of the first Sak Yants received and worn on the nape of the neck. Its purpose is to protect and bring good luck.

My Experience

I was recommended to go this place by Rob Cox (English Muay Thai Journalist). Ajarn Thoy is very popular within the Thai community and has many foreign customers. He also travels abroad for seminars and tattoo sessions. If you are wondering about the cleanliness and sanitation, you don’t have to worry as Ajarn Thoy sanitizes his equipments after every session.

Ajarn Thoy is known for the following Sak Yants:

Gao Yord, Ha Taew, Nai Khanom Thom and the Suea Hua Khaad (headless tiger). You can get the Sak Yant in blue-black ink, all black, or red. The lines can be either traditional dotted lines (Kha Pla) or solid continuous lines. The solid continuous line takes more time therefore will cost a little extra.

All in all my first experience was a good one. Ajarn made me feel real comfortable as he would share stories with me and even showed me pictures of his family! As a gift at the end, he gave me a small medallion. My only minor complaint is how they charged you for the tattoo. Most Sak Yant places in Thailand work on a donation basis.

Costs and Available Designs:

All depends on what you are getting! My tattoo cost me 1000 Baht ($30US) and it only took Ajarn 15 minutes whereas my friend’s tattoo cost the same but took a lot longer. I had 2 other friends that paid a lot more, but for more extravagant designs. You can bring your own design or chose from the selection available at the temple. They have a lot of photos so don’t worry about not finding a design.

Getting There:

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Sukhumvit Soy On Nut 25


Telephone: 0860271995, 023119003

Ajarn Thoy gives his tattoos within Temple Wat Tong Nai, Bangkok. Once you get to the temple, you can ask one of the monks for Ajarn Thoy. His place is kind of hidden, at the back right from the entrance. Just say Ajarn Thoy or Sak Yant and the monks will direct you accordingly. Most foreigners come here for the tattoos anyways.

You can save money by taking the train to ‘On Nut’ station. From here, get off and take the cab to ‘Sukhumvit Soy On Nut 25.’ Don’t forget the left narrow turn onto the street of the temple!

For the Q&A post concerning Sak Yant and Ajarn Thoy go here!:


Words from Ajarn Thoy:

Even you think you are high up in the sky, but in the end, the sky is still over you. Even you have a lek lai amulet, do you wish to harm people with it? Or you have Kong Grapan, will you use it to bully kind people? You shall follow the law of the gang? or the law of the land?

Do not forget! “do good, receive good things, do evil, receive evil things”. The word “Evil” is to be avoided at all costs, if you stay close to bad life and bad company, your fate and destiny will fall into ruin. Let all my disciples believe in and practise good deeds and merits, in this way, the power of the Buddhas and Bopdhisattvas will protect you all. Disciples of the same Ajarn are forbidden to fight and be enemies; they must love each other as one family.

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