tipping in Taiwan

If you are traveling to Taiwan, you will need to be familiar with the country’s etiquette and customs. The people of Taiwan value hard work, respect and humbleness. They also place a large emphasis on family and their elders.

You should be familiar with the country’s currency, when to tip and how much. The currency in Taiwan is the New Taiwan dollar and is abbreviated NT$. The code for this currency is TWD. It is common to refer to Taiwan money as “yuan”. Coins are in amounts of 1, 5, 10 and 50 NT$; while notes are in 100, 500 and 1,000 NT$. Tipping is generally not expected in Taiwan, but is always appreciated.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Taiwan

At a Hotel Don't Tip in Taiwan

Tipping in hotels is not expected, with the bellman or porter being the exception. You should plan on tipping the hotel porter $1 per bag and perhaps a little more at a higher end hotel. You are not expected to tip your housekeeper, but if you are happy with your housekeeping services and would like to tip your housekeeper, your gesture will be appreciated. Also, small gifts are a large part of Taiwan culture, so consider leaving your housekeeper a small gift; perhaps something special from your own country.

tipping in spas in Taiwan

In Taiwan Tip 10% at a Spa

When going to the spa, you should tip your therapist 10% of your total bill. If you feel that your services were exceptional, you could leave even more. On the other hand, if you are not happy with your services, do not feel as though you need to tip at all. Also, make sure you ask to speak to the spa manager and advise them on where your experience failed in some way.

should you tip your tour guide?

In Taiwan Tip 10% to tour guides

You should tip your guide around 10% of the cost of your tour. Also, if your tour guide is separate from your tour driver, then you should tip your driver a little too. Around 5% of the tour’s cost is a nice gesture. You could also leave a gift with your tour guide or the driver since gifts are a big part of the Taiwanese culture. If you are not happy with the tour guide’s service do not feel as though you have to tip as much, or indeed at all.

tips at restaurants in Taiwan

In Taiwan Don't Tip at a restaurant

When eating out in restaurants in Taiwan, you can expect that there will be a 10-15% charge added to your bill. This will be the service charge. Because this is already added, there is no reason to tip an additional amount. If you are not sure if this charge is added, be sure to ask. If it is not added, plan on tipping around 10% of the total of your bill. You should generally tend to find that the waiting staff in Taiwanese restaurants work hard for this service charge – with attention to detail and excellent overall customer service.

should you tip your taxi driver?

In Taiwan Don't tip your taxi driver

Tipping taxi drivers is neither common nor expected in Taiwan. If you would like, you could let the taxi driver keep the change, but they will not expect this. Generally, they will readily give you back any change they owe you. Do not feel as though you must tip at all.

should you tip your hairdresser

In Taiwan Tip 10% to your hairdresser

You should tip your hairdresser around 10% of your total bill. If you are not satisfied with your hair, then don’t worry about tipping that much or even at all. It is entirely up to you and how you feel about the service received.