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Old May 12, 02, 6:42 am
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Tipping advice Thailand

I am on a hotel pkg which includes transportation(Bkk-Pattaya rt Bkk-local hotel rt etc.) Have not been to Thailand for a number of years. Is the service charge added to most checks still 10% and what would be appropriate for the drivers(not sure what type vehicles will be used). Your advice is appreciated
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Old May 14, 02, 1:56 pm
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Yes, 10% is still a standard service charge added to a ++ (plus-plus, as opposed to NETT) charge. Most westerners that cater to farang (foreigners) add service. It is virtually always clearly indicated on the bill. If service is not added, usually loose change (if the bill was paid in cash) is sufficient, which will rarely be more than 40-50 cents equivalent. If you see mainly Thais in a restaurant that is a 'local' sort of place, or up-country (up-country is a term coined by Bangkok Thais that refers to just about anywhere in Thailand outside the core metropolitan area of Bangkok) you can bet your bottom dollar (sorry, baht) that locals will be tipping loose change, or a 20-baht (~45 cents) note. Most Thais do not appreciate farang being 'generous' as that simply drives up the expectations for everyone (unless said Thais are on the receiving end of the tip .

For a private car/driver from Bangkok to Pattaya, I would say that 100 baht would be enough. If it is a group operation, unless the guide says something, I would assume that the tip is included.
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