The tourist areas of Thailand sees visitors
from virtually all parts of the world and
with that comes visitors with very different
tipping cultures and certainty different
opinions about the rights and wrongs about
tipping. Actually the topic of tipping is
one issue that can often cause some of the
most polarized and heated debates.
Thailand as a country does not have much of
a tipping culture, however, in tourist
centers there are increasing expectations of
"some" tip. When asking a Thai national
about the subject you will likely get the
answer that there is only one venue where a
Thai will always give a moderate tip and
that is for a massage, a like answer may be
given for a nicer restaurant, but not a
low end restaurant.
above there are some expectations in tourist
centers, so you may want to take that in to
consideration when you make your decision.
If there is a general consensus among most
it is that North American style tipping of
15% for satisfactory service is too much and
also that no tipping for the same may be
So if you choose to tip, then how much?
Again this is up to you but loose change
amounting to just a few percent may be
something that you are comfortable with. If
you like to go by a percentage consider
between 5% and 10%.
Where do I tip? Controversial because
many have different opinions, but situation
where personal service has been provided is
Important Note: If you do choose
to tip, especially for service provided by a
certain employee, do not leave the tip in
the change tray or check folder as it at
best will be shared among all employees and
in some cases go to the venue owner. Instead
put the tip you intend that employee to
receive directly in his or her hand. If you
so choose you may divide your tip between
the two methods as you please.
Below is a list of venues and situations
that you may want to consider ... or not