Tipping in Vietnam: How Much & for Whom?

Last updated: March 02, 2022 / 7083 Views

In the past, tipping does not belong to South East Asia conception. However, as time flies, many things have changed, tipping gradually has become a part of this area's culture and Vietnam is not an exception. Let's discover how much tipping in Vietnam is.

The root of this change is from the increase of a huge number of foreign tourists who come from Western countries and bring tipping culture here and nowadays, in Vietnam, tipping is highly appreciated and like a necessary part of the services employees’ income.

Should you tip in Vietnam?

You should and shouldn’t. There is no 100% right answer to this question and everyone has their own point of view on this problem. Because tipping does not belong to Vietnam’s authentic local culture, normally, it is not compulsory for you to tip for any service you used.

However, as in this country, the general income for most people is quite low, therefore the tip from customers is very important for service staff. So if you want to tip, how much should you tip in Vietnam?

 

Tip for Vietnam tour guide

As the tour guide has to serve you all day long (even when they have already come back home) or accompany you, take care, help you to solve any problem during your long-day trip, and this job also needs a lot of experience, knowledge, and health, the tip for them usually the highest among other service staff in the tourism industry.  

Normally, with a private tour guide, the tip should be from 7 – 10 USD per day. However, if you travel with a group of 5 – 8 people or more, tipping about 3-5 USD/person/day is reasonable.

You should tip for tour guide in Vietnam

A BestPrice Travel's food-tour tour guide with his guests

 

Tipping for Vietnam Driver

As a tour driver will follow you throughout your trip, take care and keep you safe on the road, driving due to your personal schedule and may be flexible in his/her ability most of the time, you should tip a tour driver about 3-5 USD (70,000 – 100,000 VND) per day. Besides, sometimes, you will meet a driver who is very friendly, talkative, knowledgeable, and even talks with you in English pretty well, you may give them a small gift instead of a tip, they will keep it respectfully.

On the other hand, with taxi drivers, usually, you only have to pay exactly the amount of money available on the kilometer clock and tipping is not really necessary. But if you feel totally comfortable with the car and they are so nice, enthusiastic, and helpful, you can just round up the total amount and let them keep the change. For example, if it costs 55,000 VND for the trip, you may give them 60,000 VND and give them the change.

Only tip the taxi driver in Vietnam when you are happy 

A happy smiley driver

 

Tipping for Vietnam Hotel Bellman & Housekeeper

Normally, tipping in the hotel is just applied when you stay in luxury hotels or resorts at 3-star – 5-star standard in Vietnam where have well-trained staff, deluxe services, perfectly clean, and comfortable rooms. Among many hotel employees that you meet, the bellman and housekeeper are the ones who usually serve you, therefore, most of the time, people would give them a small amount of money as a tip to say thank you to them.

If you happy with the room, just tip to the housekeeper

A housekeeper in a luxury hotel

For Bellman

Bellmen are usually the first and the final employee in the hotel who deliver the service directly to you. They are the ones who welcome you at the front door, carry your luggage and send it to your room, and on the final day, they are the last hotel staff who help you bring out the luggage and say goodbye to you.

Tipping about 2 USD (50,000 VND) is reasonable for the hotel’s bellman, but if you have too much luggage, you may tip 1 USD per suitcase or bag.

 

For Housekeeper

Some people choose not to tip the housekeepers as cleaning the room is their duty. However, if you are totally happy with a comfortable clean, and clear room, you should leave 1-2 USD (50,000 VND) on a table inside the room as a tip for them.

 

Tipping for Restaurant Waiter/Waitress

At present, most of the restaurants in Vietnam are not include the service fee in their bill, you simply only have to pay for your meals and 10% of VAT tax. Therefore, as you are totally happy with any waiter/waitress, you can give him/her 1-3 USD (20,000 – 70,000 VND) directly.

Besides, in some restaurants and cafés, there is a tipping box at the checkout counter, you can put in a few pennies of about 1 USD (20,000 VND) or lower as a compliment for the service you received the money will be shared equally among the staff.

On the other hand, fine dining and 5-star hotels restaurants usually apply 5 – 15% of the service fee into your bills. However, not much of this amount of money is given to the waiter and waitress there; therefore, although it seems like there is no need to tip after your meals there, if you are extremely happy with the services, you should give a small personal tip to the one who served you.

there is no need to tip restaurant waiter or waitress in vietnam

A waitress in a high-end restaurant

 

Tipping for Vietnam Spa Staff

If you use the luxury spa service, there is no need for tipping because the fee is high enough and includes a commission for the staff inside. In contrast, with the lower-end spas, as the service price has been really cheap already, therefore, you should tip 15 - 20% bill or about 5 USD (100,000 VND) directly to the staff who serve you.

Staffs in a Vietnamese spa

Staff in a Vietnamese spa

 

Should you tip in USD or VND (Vietnamese currency)?

You can do both. However, as the local currency – VND (Vietnam Dong) is more popular and is the main currency in the country, you should tip in VND which is more convenient. Besides, as the price of VND is lower than USD, using the local currency is more beneficial not only for tipping but also for spending during your trip in Vietnam.

In general, although tipping is not a must-do in a South East Asia country like Vietnam, it is now a common way to say thanks to service staff whenever you get a totally satisfying service. Just remember, only tip when you are happy, no one can force you to do that!

Now it's time for you to book your Vietnam Tour with BestPrice Travel to get a memorable trip.

MinKJ

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