tipping in Bangkok

When it comes to tipping in Bangkok, there are no hard and fast rules. It isn’t a obligation to leave extra cash behind like in America where you even have to tip the barista at Starbucks (seriously what’s up with that?), but it never hurts to leave a bit extra as the service staff in Bangkok are often not paid incredibly well. Of course, if the service is merely ordinary or objectionable, you’re free not to tip at all.

Regardless of the service, a small tip can go a long way and will usually bring out extra fervent service in those working in the service industry. However, this doesn’t mean it’s customary to tip in Bangkok, but again small gratuities are always appreciated. Therefore, if you do tip make sure to give it directly to the person and always in cash. For more information, follow this useful tipping guide for Bangkok.

tipping in hotels in Bangkok

in Bangkok Tip 10% or 20 Baht at Hotels

Many hotels in Bangkok add a 10% service charge on your nightly rate. But, since people in the service industry aren’t exactly paid well, some staff positions in hotels are used to getting tips. How much you should tip for each service usually depends on the quality of the hotel. Bell boys, concierges don't get paid well. So, always give 20 Baht per bag to the bell-boy or porter who carries your bag to the room.

If the concierge or hotel portiere has fulfilled a difficult request like securing a restaurant reservation that was impossible or getting those last movie tickets a 50-100 Baht tip should do well. Additionally, don’t forget to leave a small tip of 20 to 50 baht in an envelope on the pillow of the bed for the hotel maid and always make sure to tip the room service at least 20 Baht.

tipping customs for restaurants in Bangkok

At a restaurant Tip 10-15% in Bangkok

Many restaurants are likely to include a service charge of 10% on the bill. Therefore, it isn’t exactly necessary to leave a tip behind. However, if there is no service charge present, leaving a tip that equates to 10% of the total charge, is quite common.

At cheaper restaurants, it is even ordinary to leave small change behind and if you are eating a roadside place, it is common to round the bill up. At more expensive and high-end restaurants with professional waiters/waitresses who provide exceptional service, a larger tip of 15% is quite common apart from the 10% service charge.

tip etiquette at spas in Bangkok

in Bangkok Tip 50 Baht or 10-15% at a Spa

Masseuses/masseurs in Bangkok will not expect you to tip. However, leaving behind a tip would be a good way to show your appreciation for the service received. Usually, at high-end hotels with spas, you should tip the masseuse or masseur at least 15% of the bill.

If you treatment is longer, then you should tip 50 baht for every 300 minutes. Hence a two hour massage should receive a tip of at least 200 Baht. However, do bear in mind to always tip directly to your therapist and always pay in cash, to ensure they receive the gratuity and not the massage centre.

should you tip your taxi driver

In Bangkok don't tip taxi drivers

As a general rule, taxi drivers don’t expect tips in Bangkok, so it’s entirely up to you whether you want to leave a few bucks behind or not. If not tips, you can always round the fare to the nearest Baht, which will be both convenient for you and the driver. For instance, if you fare is 150 Baht on the meter, it would be common to leave behind 200 Baht and tell the driver to keep the change.

However, some taxi drivers in an attempt to make a bit extra out of passengers try negotiating a fare in advance rather than follow the meter. For this reason, it is imperative to watch out for such drivers and even if you do reach your destination, forget leaving behind a tip.

should you tip your hairdresser

in Bangkok Tip 10 - 15% at a hairdresser

When you talk about visiting a hairdresser or barber shop in Bangkok, it isn’t exactly necessary to leave behind gratuities. However, the hairdresser will of course be expecting you to leave behind something, especially under some circumstances where they have not included a 10% service charge.

For this reason, make sure to check the bill given for any service charges. If you see there are no extra charges present, then it would be a good idea to leave behind 10 or 15% tip of the bill, depending on the quality of service and popularity of the hairdresser.

should you tip tour guides in Bangkok

Tip tour guides 10% or 100 Baht in Bangkok

You can find many tour providers in Bangkok from cheap holidays, adventure holiday’s family holidays, and luxury holiday’s, you have a huge variety of options to choose from. Depending on the type of tour you choose, it is usually best to leave a 10% tip for the entire bill or give 100 Baht per day for the tour guide a short portion of which should be given to the driver.

So, if you are visiting Bangkok for the first time, make sure to follow this tipping guide above.