Health and wellness

Body, Soul: Sanctuary and healing in Bangkok

Where to be blessed, and tattooed, in the Thai capital

Soul: Temple enchantment

Bangkok, health and wellness

Let the sacred chanting of the monks at Wat Suwannaram Ratchaworawihan transport you away from worldly preoccupations and into the present. Chanting prayers clear the karma and help practitioners on their journey to enlightenment. Smiling Albino Tours can also arrange for you to give offerings to the monks afterwards, and you’ll receive a blessing in return.

Body: Tattoo your talisman

It might be extreme, but one way to express your prayers is with a sacred tattoo. Sak Yant tattoos, featuring Buddhist prayers in ancient black script, date back two millennia and are believed to call on mystical powers through geometry, deity images or animal forms. They’re traditionally inked in a temple, but you could go the luxurious route and head to the consecrated Sak Yant Studio at boutique hotel The Siam. Here, tattooist Ajarn Boo will help to identify your ideal talisman, such as the lotus for enlightenment, the pheasant for happiness or five lines for all-round blessings.


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