- Laos tipping guideline
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Laos tipping guideline
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, especially in Laos, one of Custom Asia Travel’s destinations. Tipping is a firm and expected element in the tourism industry today and Laos is 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 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:
The official national currency in Laos is the Lao kip (K), but US dollars are accepted at most places, and can also be used for tips.
|FIT < 6 pax||US$ 12 - 15 /grp/day|
|Group 7 - 15 persons||US$ 20 - 25 /grp/day|
|Group 15 persons up||US$ 35 /grp/day|
|Tour Guide - Adventure trip (Trekking, cycling...)|
|FIT < 6 persons||US$ 25 /grp/day|
|Group 7 - 15 persons||US$ 35 /grp/day|
|Group 15 persons up||US$ 45 /grp/day|
|Local way leader/ Cook (trekking tours)||USD $5 - 7 /grp/day|
|Driver||US$ 12 /group/day|
|Incentive Groups||US$ 10/day/group|
|Bus boy (helper)||US$ 5 /group/day|
|Cyclo, Tuk - Tuks||US$ 2 /person|
|Short tour (1 - 2 hour)||US$ 2 /person|
|Long tour (half day)||US$ 4 /person|
|Cruise with O/N||US$ 4 /person|
|Porters||US$ 1 /luggage|