Guided tour

From Bangkok: Holy Tattoo Experience at Wat Bang Phra

From Bangkok: Holy Tattoo Experience at Wat Bang Phra

From US$ 110.86 per person

The Wat Bang Phra temple is well-known for administering holy tattoos or Sak Yants. Choose from the Khao Yod (9 Spires Yant), a sacred tattoo with powers to protect and bring you luck, or Hah Taew Yant, with 5 lines each carrying a different meaning.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Hotel in Bangkok city center areas such as Silom, Sathorn, Siam, Khao San Road, Rama 4 and Sukhumvit (not beyond Prom Phong area)

Experience

Highlights
  • Get a holy tattoo and blessing from a Buddhist Monk or certified tattoo master at the famous Wat Bang Phra
  • Get picked up and dropped off at your hotel in Bangkok
  • Receive a Wai Kru set, with a flower, candle and incense stick
Full description
Wat Bang Phra is a Buddhist monastery, approximately 50 kilometers west of Bangkok. The temple is known for its daily tattoos, or Sak Yant, given by the local monks. This tradition of tattooing dates back hundreds of years. The Gao Yord Yant or 9 Spires Yant is a sacred tattoo, believed to protect and bring good luck to the bearer. This has a similar meaning to another Sak Yant design, the Hah Taew Yant. The Gao Yord Yant is usually tattooed on the nape of the neck. The 9 Spires Yant is a geometric design and represents the 9 Sacred Peaks of Mount Meru. It contains 9 symbolic images of Buddha, demonstrating how important the number 9 is in Buddhism. This experience is truly unique in Thailand as the monks are only giving a holy tattoo and blessings to very few number of people per day. During this trip, there will be an English speaking guide who will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel in downtown Bangkok with an air-conditioned vehicle. The guide will explain to you the details of ceremony along the way and make sure that everything goes smoothly.  
Includes
  • Professional licensed English speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Round-trip transfers to/from your hotel in downtown Bangkok
  • Transportation travel insurance
  • Tattoo fee
  • Wai Kru set (which contains flower, incense stick, and candles before the monk starts giving you the holy tattoo)
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Flash photography
  • Video recording
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 243 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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The visit to Wat Bang Phra today was one of the highlights of this trip and represents, to me, a return to the kind of travel and adventure I enjoyed before the pandemic. I completed a tattoo “trilogy” as epic as Star Wars. Well… maybe not, but we know how that turned out! Again, the amazing variety and good character of the people met along the way here in Thailand has made these moments an even richer reward. My new friend Matthias, and my original guide from years ago, “King” Kong, took the trip with me to this famous temple to receive our blessed designs of power and protection, an ancient Thai tradition. We were glad.

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September 22, 2022

Everything was perfect from start to finish! First experience with this site. The driver (very friendly) arrived at my hotel and on time. Accompanied me to the site (beautiful and so soothing!) The tattoo went very well and the driver accompanied me throughout the session, explaining what to do). And the return went very well. I recommend 1000% for those who want to do this experience:?

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August 27, 2022

The tour was wonderfully organized by GetYourGuide! My tattoo turned out great! Anyone expecting a spiritual ritual will be disappointed. You get pretty made up and the monk was a pretty laid-back guy who did his job (perfectly) in a TikTok shirt! Bamboo tattoo = great success! Unfortunately, we let the local organizer sell us another floating boat tour, which turned out to be an absolute tourist scam! No flosting tours allowed!

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August 17, 2022

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