Up-to-date tipping advice?

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1. Posted by pariahsmile (First Time Poster 1 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

I don't think this has been discussed lately, and I know that cultures can change quickly, so ...

What's everyone's best advice regarding tipping in Vietnam?

For ...

- taxis

- hotel housekeepers

- restaurants and bars

- guides

- drivers

- cruise staff

- etc.

Is it different in the South and the North?

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

In general (in Asia) you could give something (small change equal to max 0,50 euro) to luggage carriers, hotel housekeepers (at the end of your stay), guides. In restaurants (not in bars), if you are happy with their service, you can consider to give 5-10% on the total bill. Taxi drivers don't expect a tip (as a foreigner you will likely pay more than a local). If you are in a temple or something, and a random person guides you around while you didn't ask for it (but you accept it) then that person expects a tip. In any case: never forget that you don't have to give a tip!

3. Posted by Beachesand (Budding Member 13 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Well...in Vietnam the local people don't tip, I don't remember to see anyone tipping in taxi, restaurant or bars. Of course it's good if you do, but if you don't, no body would mind.

4. Posted by dinhoecotour (Budding Member 32 posts) 46w Star this if you like it!

Agree with Beachesand - Do not need to tip for taxi, restaurant or bar. Tip on his or her service like tour guide, driver... "How much" depends on your pocket.