It is believed that the act of Sak Yon, known as Sak Yant in Thai, was born in Cambodia and first practised over 2000 years ago. Using sanskrit and ancient texts combined with grids, lines, mandalas, images of buddhas, fierce tigers and other worldly creatures this ancient skin ritual is said to provide protection from death and can bring the wearer supernatural blessings and material abundance.
Please Note: We provide an introduction service NOT an inking service.
Yantra Appointment – Half Day – $80pp includes transport, translator, hotel pick up/drop off and refreshments.
Yantra Tour – 1 Day – $150pp includes meeting with up to three fascinating Sak Yant artists, optional tattoo appointment time, transport, translator, hotel pick up/drop off and refreshments.
Yantra Tour – 2 Days – $350 includes
- Day 1 – meeting with up to three fascinating Sak Yant artists, optional tattoo appointment time, transport, translator, hotel pick up/drop off and refreshments.
- Day 2 – a discovery trip for a personal tattoo and linga blessing to Phnom Kulen, the sacred mountain of the Khmer where you will meet, in the cave where he lives, the infamous tattooed monk of this magical mountain plus transport, translator, hotel pick up/drop off and refreshments.
Optional Extra – Photo shoot – Add $175 to be accompanied by a professional photographer for a photo shoot including up to 25 edited images and portraits of your tattoo being performed.
PLEASE NOTE: Tour prices do NOT include price for any Yantra tattoo, we provide the introductions and facilitate transport, translation etc. A 3/5 line Yantra will cost under $100. A larger grid like the one at the top of this page on the female back, performed by the most experienced Sak Yant artist we know, will cost approximately $200 dependent on the artist.
A deposit for your tour is payable in advance via paypal to secure your booking.
For further details regarding Sak Tant in Cambodia, the rules needed to maintain the power of your Yantra and health and safety concerns please read on.
Buddhist rules for lay people of getting and keeping the magic of your Yantra Tattoo. If any of the following rules are broken so is the magic of your Yantra.
1 No killing
2 No stealing
3 No lying
4 No intoxicating the mind
5 Do not use sexual energy for harm
Do they use bamboo? No. I’ve seen needles tied to car ariels and sticks.
Does it hurt more or less than a gun tattoo?
In my personal experience less. I have a gun tattoo on an upper arm and a bamboo tattoo on my spine.
Health and Safety
Cambodia is a country recovering from war and autocide. Its health care and education are highly challenged and some Yantra artists’ may not always use or understand the need to use a sterile needle and ink. We can introduce you to the artists available that we know and advise you of their skills so that you can ensure you enjoy a fascinating tour but also to make an informed choice about any health and safety concerns. Your choice, should you choose to be inked during your tour, is a contract between the artist and yourself solely. There are a number of blood born viruses in Cambodia such as HIV and Hep C and you should always make sure that you do your own research in this regard.
Depending on where you choose to be inked we will advise you on the best offerings such as incense or candles for any shrines.
Prices for the Yantra tattoo its self range from $60 up to approximately $750 or more. As in any tattoo work price is based on a mixture of size, complexity of design, skills, safety, experience, equipment and knowledge. Sometimes the artist works with a monk for the blessing of the Yantra and in this case it is polite to make a donation to the shrine, a $10 ‘offering’ makes the monks very happy.