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Myanmar 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 Myanmar, one of Custom Asia Travel’s destinations. Tipping is a firm and expected element in the tourism industry today and Myanmar 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:

MMK - Burmese Kyat. The Burmese Kyat is the currency of Myanmar (Burma), but US dollars are accepted at most places, and can also be used for tips.

 
SERVICEE TIP AMOUNT
Tour Guide  
FIT < 6 pax US$  5 /person /day
Group 7 - 15 persons US$ 4 /person /day
Group 15 persons up US$ 3 /person /day
Tour Guide - Adventure trip (Trekking, cycling...)  
FIT < 6 persons US$ 7 /person /day
Group 7 - 15 persons US$ 6 /person /day
Group 15 persons up US$ 5 /person /day
Vehicles  
Driver (city sightseeing) US$ 1 person /day (Max 15 USD per day)
Driver (overland) US$ 2 person/day (Max 20 USD  per day)
Incentive  Groups US$ 2 person/day (Max 20 USD per day)
Bus boy (helper) US$ 0.5 person/day (Max 10 USD per day)
Cyclo, Tuk - Tuks US$1 person/trip (Max 10 USD per day)
Boat crews  
Short tour (sightseeing) US$ 1 person/day (Max 15 USD per day)
Long tour US$ 2 person/day (Max 20 USD per day)
Cruise with O/N US$ 3 person/night
Hotels  
Porters 500 kyats /luggage