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Asia Tipping Guide: How Much to Tip at Hotels, in Taxis, and at Restaurants

When to tip—and how much—is one of the most common travel etiquette questions. Here, we've outlined the standards for tipping hotels, restaurants, and taxis in some country.


RESTAURANTS Tipping is optional. If you’d like to acknowledge good service, Htein Cho, a concierge at The Strand, in Rangoon, suggests between 2,000 and 10,000 kyat ($2–$10), depending on the cost of the meal.
HOTELS There’s no standard, but 5,000 kyat (about $5) each for the housekeeper, porter, and concierge is acceptable.
TAXIS “Drivers won’t be upset if you don’t tip,” says Cho.
DOLLARS ACCEPTED? Sometimes—but come prepared with local currency.


RESTAURANTS If you’re satisfied with the service, leave a small tip ($1–$2).
HOTELS “About $1 or $2 per day for the housekeeper,” suggests Ngoc Nguyen, concierge at the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi. Consider tipping other staffers $1 to $5, depending on the quality and extent of the service.
TAXIS Taxi drivers are tipped little if at all: “Sometimes $1 or less,” says Nguyen.


RESTAURANTS At minimum, leave a 5 to 10 percent tip, more for exceptional service.
HOTELS Set aside a few dollars for the housekeeper and you’ll see improved service. Give the porter $1 or $2 as well. There’s no standard for tipping the concierge or butler, but “you’ll get better service if you tip,” says Key Soung, tourist desk clerk at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
TAXIS There’s no standard rate for cab drivers. “No tip is fine,” says Soung.


RESTAURANTS A 10 percent service charge is usually included. For exceptional service, leave a few extra dollars.
HOTELS Like restaurants, hotels also include a 10 percent service charge. For good housekeeping, a $10 tip at checkout is appropriate. Tip about $3 for every porter service. If the concierge assists with a specific task, a $10 tip is appropriate.
TAXIS Leave your driver a small tip—about 10 percent, or $1 or $2 at the very least.
DOLLARS ACCEPTED? Yes—foreign currency is fine.