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

Thai Baht (THB) is the official currency of the kingdom of Thailand, but US dollars are accepted at most places, and can also be used for tips.

SERVICE TIP AMOUNT
Tour Guide  
FIT 1 - 2 persons THB 100 /person /day
FIT  3 - 6 persons THB 400 - 500 /group/day
Group 7 - 15 persons THB 600 - 700 /group/day
Group 15 persons up THB 800 - 1000 /group/day
Tour Guide - Adventure trip (Trekking, cycling...)  
FIT  1 - 2 persons THB  100  /person /day
FIT < 6 persons THB 400 - 500 /group/day
Group 7 - 15 persons THB 600 - 700 /group/day
Group 15 persons up THB 800 - 1000 /group/day
Vehicles  
City Transfers THB 100 / group /day
Up country THB 200 /group/day
Incentive  Groups THB 500 /group/day
Bus boy (helper) THB 20 0 /pax/day
Cyclo, Tuk - Tuks THB 50 /pax/trip
Boat crews  
Short  or  Long tour THB 100 /boat
Cruise with O/N THB 2 00 /boat
Hotels  
Porters THB 50 /luggage