Below are genuine Comments or Testimonials given by recipients of Sak Yants created by Archan Anek, all were sent to us before we removed the contact us page.

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About 3 years ago I went to Thailand to film a muay thai documentary.

I had done my senior thesis on the origins of tattooing, scarification, and piercing. (read more…)

I’d like to tell a story to the friends of ajarn that I haven’t even told to my close friends. A couple of weeks ago I put my sak yants to the test. I was working on a rooftop air handler (a giant air conditioner) and I was seriously electrocuted. (read more…)

As the years went on I thought I was over it.  I guess it all started again when I went on Vipassana while in Australia.  There was this girl with the most beautiful tattoos.  I asked her about her tattoos and she told me she had them done the traditional way with a bamboo stick in Borneo.  I was intrigued and the seed was replanted. (read more…)

My very first tattoo took me 38 years to get and I am glad I wanted and had a Yan Koo Poo Tong as my first experience. The experience of having my first tattoo and also getting it done in a different country seemed very overwhelming at first. My friend Mark did a good job at trying to calm my nerves leading up to the whole experience. (read more…)

The first time I visited Ajarn Anek was to arrange to have a “Yan Ha Tel” the now famous five lines on Anjelina Jolie or as my daughter calls it “barcode” I’d wanted one for a long time but did not know how to go about getting a good tattoo within easy distance from my condo.

I found Ajarn Anek by asking around in Pattaya, a new friend Adrian told me of the website, he told me it was strongly recommended by someone he knows; but now forgets who. This was a year back now. It took a year for Adrian and myself to be both in Pattaya at the same time. After my adventures to Ajarn Anek for my “Yan Ha Tel” (read more…)


I was in Thailand in July with one thing in mind and it was to meet and receive some sak-yant from Ajarn Anek.

I’ve been waiting 2 years for that…………………. (read more…)

Dear Paul,

A few weeks ago I visited Acharn Anek and received my first yant, and my wife received hers as well (yan ha tel). A photo of mine is attached, which I received on my forearm.

It was a wonderful experience. Both my wife and I felt very much at ease with Acharn Anek, who impressed us with his easy laughter and warm demeanour. The ceremony was very spiritual, both before and after the tattooing. (read more…)

Hi there Paul..regards to You, Hope u ur family in the good health.

I just did my tattoo from Archan Anek last week, Thanks to your website that make me easy to track his samnak….Archan very friendly and humble man. His family was so friendly too. (read more…)

I am visiting Thailand for the first time, but I did already a couple of years ago some research about Sak Yant Tattoos.

When arriving in Pattaya I was discussing with my friend Alexandra about having a tattoo done during our stay in Thailand. I immediately said to her that I would love to get a Sak Yant, because I love the designs, the Khmer writings, the meaning, the history, the spirituality and the mystic of it. I thought that this would be a very nice experience to have the tattoo done with a ceremony, not like going to a shop and just choosing something. I believe that Sak Yant is much more than just a simple tattoo. (read more…)

I was on a golfing holiday in Pattaya with my brother Andrew who lives in Sydney and I have been working out of Dubai for the past 7.5 years. I have been looking for a tattoo for around 10 years, but I always had difficulty finding one that resonated with me. I wanted it to mean something… I wanted it to be special. It would be my first tattoo and I had looked constantly in tattoo shops all over the world waiting for some inspiration. (read more…)

My name is Zitian Jiang and I am currently an Accountant living in Northern California.  I came upon Archan Anek’s website earlier in 2009 and it caught my interest immediately.  I got in touch with the webmaster, Paul and started talking in detail with him. He was very friendly and helpful on explaining everything to me. (read more…)


Hi, I just found your site accidentally and would like to let you know how happy I am with my tattoo, I am in your photo gallery having received the Pha Ya Na Paan Gaan Yant repaired by Archan Anek in January 08. (read more…)