If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, you may be wondering about the tipping culture.
In general, tipping in Vietnam isn’t expected or required, however if your service from restaurants, hairdressers, taxi drivers, hotel employees, and other service providers exceed expectations, consider leaving a little extra to show your appreciation.
Service employees in Vietnam are paid extremely low wages and most of the time are offered no benefits so a tip can go a long way.
The amount you tip will depend on the level of service. Those you provide exceptional customer service will be tipped more than those who don’t. In most cases, a 5% to 15% or $1 to $5 tip is reasonable, depending on the type of service. In addition, below is more information on when to tip in Vietnam, and how much.
AUD to VND Conversion
$1 = Approx. 16,000 Vietnamese Dong
$5 = Approx. 85,000 Vietnamese Dong
$10 = Approx. 160,000 Vietnamese Dong
$50 = Approx. 850,000 Vietnamese Dong
Note that this conversion rate fluctuates, for current rates as of today always check the XE Currency Converter.
Tipping hospitality staff in Vietnam
Tipping isn’t expected in Vietnam at restaurants, bars, cafes, cafeterias, ice cream shops and bakeries, however you may wish to do so for exceptional service.
Tipping at a restaurant in Vietnam
Most restaurants in Vietnam include a 5% to 10% service charge in the final bill. However, this money usually does not make it to the waiter you were served by. If your bill does not include a service charge then you could tip that 5% to 10% to your waiter instead, or if it is included you may consider tipping an extra $2 to $5 to your waiter individually.
Tipping your bartender in Vietnam
In Vietnam, it has become fairly custom to give your bartender a tip. You can do this by rounding up the bill or leaving them a few extra dollars.
Tipping at cafes in Vietnam
Again, a tip isn’t required at a cafe in Vietnam, however, you may decide to leave an extra dollar or round up the bill for excellent service.
Tipping for counter service is not expected in Vietnam. If you see a tip jar, feel free to tip for exceptional service, however, it isn’t customary to do so.
Tipping Hotel Staff in Vietnam
Tipping at a hotel in Vietnam is not required, however if you receive good service you may decide to leave the staff a small tip. A general guide is to tip your bellman $1 for each bag he carries to your room and leave $1 to $2 per night on your pillow for the housekeeper. You may also choose to leave a few dollars for your concierge upon leaving.
Tipping other service workers in Vietnam
These are the people I most commonly forget to tip. The taxi driver, the hairdresser and my tour guides.
Tipping at the Spa in Vietnam
Higher end spas in Vietnam typically already include a service charge, meaning that tipping is not expected. However, if you visit a lower end spa, it is unlikely that a service charge will be included. In this case, you may choose to tip between 15% to 20% of the cost if you were happy with the service.
Tipping at the Hairdresser in Vietnam
Hairdressers in Vietnam do not expect to receive a tip, however, if they provide you with outstanding service, they will appreciate one. 10% to 15% of the bill will be enough.
Tipping Tour Guides in Vietnam
Tour guides in Vietnam rely on tips to supplement their income as they often do not get paid very much. You should tip your guide around $3 to $5 per day, while $1 to $2 is sufficient for the driver.
Tipping for Transport in Vietnam
Tipping Taxi Drivers in Vietnam
Tipping your taxi driver in Vietnam is up to you and the service you receive. If they are friendly or helpful then you should reward them with a tip of $1 to $2. It should be noted that many taxi drivers in Vietnam assume that you want them to keep the change. If you feel their service does not warrant this and you do not with to tip them, make it clear that you would like to receive your change.
Tipping the Airport/hotel shuttle driver
Like everything in Vietnam, a tip is not obligatory for your airport or hotel shuttle driver, however, feel free to tip them $1 to $2 for outstanding service.
As you can see, many service workers are appreciative of tips in Vietnam, so it is very important to travel with cash.
Remember: Service employees are paid extremely low wages and are often offered no benefits. A tip can go a long way in the life of a local. Even if tipping isn’t part of your culture, it is greatly appreciated by locals if you do tip when you are in Vietnam.
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