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tipping in Thailand

Thailand, renowned for its beautiful beaches and shoreline, is also steeped in thousands of years of history. But what is the tipping etiquette in Thailand? It is not customary to tip in Thailand, but there are situations where a tip will be appreciated. Even if a tip is not required a small tip will be appreciated as workers in the service industry earn meagre salaries. That being said, don’t feel the need to over-tip.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Thailand

In Thailand Don't tip at hotels

In Thailand you are not expected to tip in hotels, especially in small hotels. Tips may be expected at high end hotels, although service charges are usually included on the bill. At a high-end hotel you can tip the porter/bellboy 20 to 50 baht. In Thailand the concierge won't expect a tip even in high end hotels, however if you leave your change as a tip it will be appreciated. If you tip the housekeeper, leave it on the bed.

tipping etiquette for restaurants in Thailand

In Thailand Tip 5 to 10% at high-end restaurants

In Thailand you will not be expected to tip in restaurants, although many leave the small change behind. Like hotels there is usually a small service charge added to the bill which is split amongst the staff. In high end restaurants, tips are more likely to be expected, because the waiters are professionals. You can tip between 5% and 10% for good service. The etiquette is to give the tip directly to your waiter.

Dining Etiquette

In Thailand you should be aware of the following dining etiquette:

  • You should never pour your own drink, that is your neighbour’s job! Likewise, you must pour your neighbour’s drink.
  • It isn’t customary to use chop sticks (unless eating Chinese food). Spoons and forks are used.
  • In a restaurant, you may be required to share a table, but no need to engage in conversation.

tipping etiquette for spas in Thailand

In Thailand Don't Tip at Spas

In Thailand, like for most other services it is not customary to tip at a Spa. However if you recieve a massage you can leave a small tip of between 20 and 100 baht to your masseuse.

Spas in Thailand

There are numerous spas in Thailand. Here are a few examples of resort style spas:

  • Maikhao Dream Villa Resort and Spa, Phuket
  • Boutique Resort & Health Spa, Koh Chang
  • Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok

tipping etiquette for tour guides in Thailand

for tour guides 10 - $20 in Thailand

In Thailand you can tip the equivalent of between $10 and $20 per day for the tour guide (the guide should be giving a portion of your tip to the driver).

Tours in Thailand

There are many tour providers for Thailand. You can find luxury holidays, family holidays, adventure holidays, cheap holidays and all-inclusive ones too.

tipping etiquette for taxis in Thailand

In Thailand Don't Tip the Taxi driver

Taxi drivers in Thailand will not expect you to tip, however most taxi drivers in Thailand will round up the fare.

Ordering a Taxi in Thailand

Taxis are metered so don’t ask how much it will cost. You shouldn't have to settle on a fixed rate.

If you take a taxi from the airport, avoid services by Touts. You can order a taxi from the taxi desk – they will probably give you a sheet of paper with your taxi driver’s name on it. Keep this in case there is a problem. There is always a surcharge for taking a taxi from the airport. There is no surcharge when going to the airport.

If you hail a cab, don’t hold your hand out with your finger pointing upwards, this is considered rude. Keep your hand horizontal, with your fingers facing downwards.