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Old Dec 8, 08, 8:49 am   #1
 
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Tipping in Thailand

According to Condé Nast Traveler's Etiquette 101: The Tipping Guide tipping in Thailand is suggested as follows:

At Restaurants: About $1 per diner for the waiter.

At Hotels: About $1–$2 per bag for the porter; no tip necessary for the housekeeper or the concierge (service charges are included at hotels of two stars or above).

Guides and Drivers: About $1 for taxis; $2 per hour for private drivers; $10–$20 per person per day for tour guides (who also tip tour drivers, so don't worry about that).

Who Else?: If you ever find yourself at a local masseuse, a three-dollar tip at the end of the massage is about right.

Dollars Accepted?: Yes, preferably two-dollar bills (see Cambodia).

Note: A common feature in Thailand is the ubiquitous bathroom attendant. Some of them might even throw a towel over a man's shoulders while he's at the urinal. Fifty cents, or about 20 baht, should do it there. It's also common to get a hot towel and drink upon checking into a nice hotel, but no tip is necessary, as the service is included.

http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/...7?pageNumber=6

What do you think? What was your experience? Any advice or input?
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Old Dec 8, 08, 10:12 am   #2
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All of those numbers seem high to me, especially the tip for massage.
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Can anyone verify the part about tipping in $2 bills? I did a quick search on google and couldn't find anything about it.
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I wonder about whether in Thailand (and many other countries) the housekeeper or other employees ever really receive that service charge. In such situations, I tend to leave a tip (maybe $1 or $2 per day) in a nice hotel if the housekeeping has been good, and nothing if not. Would welcome other thoughts on this.
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What do you think? What was your experience? Any advice or input?
most of it the tipps are way too high

At Restaurants: we just dine in small restaurants and street kitchen but I usually give about 20 THB tip

At Hotels: 20 THB per bag is a common rate even in the higher priced hotels. Just keep in mind that the staff at the hotel usually earns about 300 to 400 THB a day

Guides and Drivers: for a normal taxi ride just add to next full 10 THB. when I take a taxi to the airport I usually give between 30 and 50 THB tip

Who Else?: it depends on the kind of "massage" you get ... . 100 THB for a normal massage seems a lot ot me, but I have no experience in that

Dollars Accepted?: sorry, I never have $ with me in Thailand ...

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Oh, good. I thought I was the only one who was falling under the Conde Nast suggestions.
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... I tend to leave a tip (maybe $1 or $2 per day) in a nice hotel if the housekeeping has been good, and nothing if not. Would welcome other thoughts on this.
imho you do to good to the room maid ... the relation from tip to their salary doesn't fit. They will usually earn between 200 and 400 THB a day, so 50 THB from you a day is a huge boost for their salary ...
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and for what it's worth ... my wife, who is thai, never gave tip before she got to know me, even she earned good money. she told me that tipping doesn't belong to thai culture and that tipping just came with farang ... but nowadays thai people got used to getting tipped, so many of them expect to get a tip.

In the end the more tip you give them the more they expect to get tipped
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Those amounts seem high to me - usually its more of a rounding up for waiters & taxi.
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Since when was tipping "mandatory" in Thailand? I think "Condé Nast " has things a little wrong.
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and for what it's worth ... my wife, who is thai, never gave tip before she got to know me, even she earned good money. she told me that tipping doesn't belong to thai culture and that tipping just came with farang ... but nowadays thai people got used to getting tipped, so many of them expect to get a tip.

In the end the more tip you give them the more they expect to get tipped
I see you points, in that what we'd consider a small tip in the West is huge where wages are much lower, and that we raise expectations. I guess my point of view is that it's practically no skin off my nose and means a lot to recipients.
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So at hotels that add a 10% service charge - who gets it if the maids and bellperson are being paid 300-400 baht/week?
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Can anyone verify the part about tipping in $2 bills? I did a quick search on google and couldn't find anything about it.
I wouldn't leave a tip in a foreign currency unless it is a 100 dollar bill as it is a hassle to exchange and you get a poor rate for smaller denominations. A two dollar bill might get you in more trouble than leaving nothing?

Every situation is different, and there are all sorts of travelers so it is challenging to come up with some sort of universal tipping chart.

Some restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill so no tip is required. In others round up or up to 5% is fine, if the service was good. For taxis just round up to the nearest whole 10 baht figure, unless the driver helped with bags, shopping etc., then add 20 or 40 baht (and another 20 baht if the taxi was radio-dispatched). For most personal services add 2 to 5% if the service was good. In the attended bathroom situation leave 10 or 20 baht. Most Thais will not tip in an establishment where the owner/operator is present, and I do not, I guess because it might be insulting or just seem like you accidently dropped your money? This includes quite large restauarants with wait-staff, by the way. In nightclubs, 5 - 10% is OK, leaving a tip on the change tray means it gets pooled and shared, while handing the tip directly to a server means they get to keep it.

Most of my retail/service/restaurant interactions are with sole proprietors so I do very little tipping. However, most Thais do expect foreign tourists to tip.
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Can anyone verify the part about tipping in $2 bills? I did a quick search on google and couldn't find anything about it.
If you're in Vietnam, a $2 bill is considered lucky. They like to collect them. If in Thailand, use Thai baht. I usually give 30 baht/bag for the bellman.
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However, most Thais do expect foreign tourists to tip.
I am still surprised by this. In my BKK visits, the only hands out for tips that I've seen are cabs - and even then rounding up works well for them.

Perhaps we spin in different Thailand social circles and/or have different views on tipping in general.
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