Should I Tip in Thailand? Do’s and Don’ts

Want to know if tipping in Thailand is required and what the recommended amount to tip for service?

Tipping in Thailand is not required and locals don’t expect you to tip for their service. Although Thailand is a developing country with a low minimum wage, so a tip goes a long way and it’s a great way to show your appreciation for a good service.

Offering a tip to someone in Thailand is by no means wrong It’s great to give someone spare change to cheer up their day and provide them or their family with an extra meal.

Do’s and Don’ts of tipping in Thailand

If you choose to tip use these do’s and don’ts as guidelines.

Do tip

  • With local Thai currency
  • Only when the job or service is complete
  • Only what you’re comfortable giving
  • Directly to the person who provided the service
  • Only when it feels right

Don’t tip

  • More than the cost of the service
  • If you’re asked specifically to give one
  • At shops, banks, public services, or general stores
  • If someone has provided a poor service
  • Police or an official as this will be seen as a bribe

It’s a hassle to exchange foreign cash so tip in local currency with notes of 20, 50, and 100 Thai Baht.

Tip directly to the person providing the service, so you know they’re getting the money, and they can choose to share it with colleagues.

If someone asks directly for a tip refuse as this is not the norm in Thailand and could be a scam. Don’t ever take your wallet out unless you feel safe.

As in other countries never tip police or Thai officials as it could be seen as a bribe and land you in big trouble.

How much to tip In Thailand?

There is no fixed rate for tipping in Thailand. If you choose to tip the amount should be based on the kind and quality of service provided.

Max 10% of your service cost

The max 10% tip rule works well for me living in Bangkok, so If I feel like tipping it will be 10% or less of the total cost of a service.

Let’s say I order a takeaway and it’s a total of 500 THB then I would tip the delivery driver no more than 10% of the order.

500 THB meal = Max 50 THB tip (10% or less)

Again it’s not required and sometimes I don’t have spare change. The delivery driver won’t wait around, ask, or expect a tip from me.

How much to tip a taxi?

Getting a taxi but don’t have the exact change? I would just give the remaining change to the driver if it’s a reasonable amount. So if the trip costs 90 THB you give 100 THB and tell the driver to keep the change.

Insider tip
Download the Grap app to book a private taxis and you can tip the driver securely when your trip is complete. Grab is the Asian region alternative to Uber.

How much to tip a private driver?

It’s normal in Thailand to hire a minivan driver for the day to take you plus a group around local attractions. They’ll happily wait for you to finish each visit and then take you to your next desired stop.

Tipping is not required so only tip if feel the driver has gone that extra mile to provide a great service.

How much to tip a tour guide?

Hiring a private guide is a great way to explore local attractions and learn in-depth Thai history.

No tipping is required but if your guide has provided an excellent service then you or the tour group could show them gratitude with a tip collection.

How much to tip at a restaurant?

Restaurants already apply a 10% service charge on top of the bill so you don’t need to tip extra unless you think the waiter has provided exceptional service.

How much to tip at a hotel?

Staying at a Hotel in Thailand catering service charges are already applied to your bill so you don’t need to tip. Although if a porter has helped you take your bags up five flights of stairs it’s might be nice to show them a little appreciation.

How much to tip for a massage or at a beauty salon?

No additional service charges are applied to bills at massage or beauty salons so if they’ve exceeded your expectations it might be nice to give a tip. Make sure to give the tip directly to the employee providing the service and not the cashier.

Summary

Unlike some countries, for instance, the US, Thailand is a non-tipping country and in fact, most locals don’t tip.

So don’t be obliged to tip unless you think someone has provided excellent service and gone out of their way to help you. it’s nice to show someone you appreciate their work by giving them that little extra for helping shape your amazing holiday experience.

Play it safe and don’t tip unless it feels right. Contact the local police if someone tries to force you to tip. Don’t comfort them yourself.

Have a safe trip.

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