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Is it customary to tip in Bangkok, and if so, how much?

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Tipping in Bangkok, like in many parts of the world, is a customary way to show appreciation for good service. While it’s not always mandatory, it’s a gesture that’s certainly appreciated by service industry workers. Here’s a helpful guide to tipping in Bangkok:


Restaurants: In restaurants, it’s common to leave a tip of around 10% of the bill if a service charge isn’t included. If the service charge is already added, additional tipping is not required, but it’s still a nice touch if you received exceptional service.

Street Food: Tipping at street food stalls is not expected, but if you feel like rounding up your bill to the nearest multiple of 10 or 20 baht, it’s a friendly gesture.

Taxis: Tipping taxi drivers isn’t the norm, but it’s appreciated. You can round up the fare or add a small amount as a tip. For instance, if your fare is 80 baht, you can give 100 baht and let the driver keep the change.

Hotels: In hotels, tipping is common for porters who assist with your luggage (about 20-50 baht per bag) and housekeeping (50-100 baht per day). If you receive exceptional service from the concierge or other staff, a small tip is a nice way to show your appreciation.

Tour Guides and Drivers: If you go on guided tours or hire drivers, it’s customary to tip them based on the service quality. For tour guides, 300-500 baht per person per day is typical, while for drivers, 100-200 baht per day is a reasonable amount.


Remember, tipping should be a genuine gesture of gratitude for good service, so don’t feel obligated to tip if the service doesn’t meet your expectations. Using this tipping guide, you can navigate Bangkok’s customs with ease and make your trip enjoyable for both you and the locals.

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