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From Bangkok: Holy Tattoo Experience at Wat Bang Phra

1. From Bangkok: Holy Tattoo Experience at Wat Bang Phra

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.  

Customize Your Own Bangkok City & Surrounding Provinces Tour

2. Customize Your Own Bangkok City & Surrounding Provinces Tour

Discover Bangkok and beyond on this on this full-day private trip. See some of Bangkok's famous sights such as Wat Phra Kaew, but also top sights in the surrounding areas like Red Lotus Floating Market in Pathum Thani, Salt Evaporation Ponds, and Dolphin Viewpoint in Samut Sakhon. Check out the Erawan Museum, famous for its Instagrammable interiors and its large three-headed elephant statue. You can also visit the Mahachai Market, the largest seafood market in Thailand, and Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, which has the tallest stupa (burial mound) in the whole country. Pick 3-4 sites and destinations to visit and have a driver to help you get around. Choose a guide to accompany you and provide cultural insights and historical tidbits. List of Attractions to Choose From: Nakhon Pathom - Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, Sanam Chandra Palace, Wat Samphran (Dragon Temple), Wat Don Wai Floating Market, Wat Rai Khing, Human Imagery Museum, Red Lotus Floating Market Pathum Thani - Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Bua (Lotus) Museum, Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum (SEACM), Wat Bot, Wat Bang Luang, Wat Chedi Hoi Nonthaburi - Koh Kret (an island in the middle of the Chao Phraya river), Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat, Wat Sangkhathan, Wat Prasat, Central Plaza Westgate Samut Prakan - The Erawan Museum (and the three-headed elephant statue), Samut Prakan Ancient City (Mueang Boran - one of the world's largest outdoor museums), Wat Klang Worawihan, Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm & Zoo Samut Sakhon - Mahachai Market (largest seafood market in Thailand), Phanthai Norasing Shrine, Salt Evaporation Ponds, Wat Krok Krak, Dolphin Viewpoint (Wooden Red Bridge) Bangkok - Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Wat Pho (Temple of reclining Buddha), Wat Saket (Golden Mountain), Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha), Wat Benchamabophit (Beautiful Marble temple), Pak Klong Talad (Flower market), Chinatown (Yaowarat), Erawan Shrine (Four-Faced Buddha), Chatuchak Weekend Market (weekend only), Jodd Fairs Night Market (formerly Talad Rot Fai Ratchada), Jim Thompson House Museum

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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.

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:?

I had a great experience getting my tattoo done using the traditional bamboo technique. My guide was helpful explaining the process and protocols and the tattoo itself took 15-20 mins. Also, the temple complex is spectacular and worth the visit in itself!!

Super nice guide !!! Fantastic experience for those who want to do the real betrayed or thai tattoo

As tattoo lovers we found this to be an amazing experience