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Vietnam Tipping Guidelines

Vietnam Tipping Guidelines
The custom of tipping varies widely between countries, but it is usually the standard of service that determines tips. Travelers are often confused about the tipping culture in Southeast Asia. Tipping is a firm and expected element in the tourism industry today and The Southeast Asia Countries are no exception.

Most of the tours, booked by Custom Asia Travel’s customers are private ones. Therefore, tipping for independent travel is not compulsory and is at the customers’ own discretion. However, private guides and drivers do expect a tip where good service has been provided and it is very much appreciated. In other words, tip when you are pleased with the service you received and do not tip if you don’t feel you have been given good service. Never feel obliged to tip - it is always discretionary.

The following is just a guide to gauge an appropriate amount to tip and not all-inclusive:

You can use local currencies, but US dollars are accepted at most places for tips.
 

SERVICE TIP AMOUNT
Tour Guide  
FIT < 6 pax US$  12 - 15 /grp/day (USD 14 for 2 pax)
Group 7 - 15 persons US$ 15 - 20 /grp/day
Group 15 persons up US$ 20 - 30 /grp/day
Tour Guide - Adventure trip (Trekking, cycling...)  
FIT < 6 persons US$ 15 - 20 /grp/day
Group 7 - 15 persons US$ 20 - 25 /grp/day
Group 15 persons up US$ 25 - 30  /grp/day
Local way leader/ Cook (trekking tours) USD $5 - 7 /grp/ day
Vehicles  
City Transfers US$ 6 - 10 /day/booking  ($8 for a group of 2 pax)
Upcountry/ Mountain road US$ 10 /group/ working day
Incentive  Groups US$ 10/day/group
Busboy (helper) US$4/day
Cyclo, Tuk - Tuks US$ 1 - $2 /person
Boat crews  
Short tour (1 - 2 hour) US$ 3 - 5/sampan, 5 per couple
Long tour (half-day) US$ 6 - 8/ boat, 8 per couple
Cruise with O/N US$ 10 / cabin/ night
Hotels  
Porters US$ 1 /luggage

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