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tipping

I remember reading somewhere in this forum that it is a good idea to take $100 USD in small denominations, and to tip $1 - $2 during the trip. Now, the stupid question: Who will be expecting a tip? I presume hotel staff? After, for example, a four night stay, what would be OK ettiquette?

Taxi drivers too?

Is the USD a good idea, why not tip in dong, (I'm guessing the USD would be easier for me to understand what I'm actually tipping and not get mixed up)?

Is it a good idea to take some presents over, eg. chocolates? Any other ideas?

Regards and thanks in advance, Jen.

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1. Re: tipping

Hi tobyjen

Yes it is good idea to tip if you are happy with the service rendered.

Hotel staff

tour guide

If you are happy with taxi driver ,yes

From US 1 to any amount

Chocolate also make great gift,souvenir

But do not over do it and set a precedent for future tourist as tipping is not compulsory for this country

Semporna, Malaysia
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Tipping in Dong is better. They don't have to exchange later.

You can round up after a taxi drive if the driver is good. Give him

10,000 VND extra or more if you want.

I think waiters normally expect tips. Someone in this forum gave a big tip.

Porters helping your luggage to room. Something like 50,000 VND.

Tour guides.

Boat rowers.

I don't tip Concierge staff if they just open the taxi door or hotel door for me.

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I used to leave 10.000 VND under each pillows ( twin bed ) for the ladies who made my bed every day. If you take Perfume pagoda, tip the rower 20.00VND AND turn away, doesn't matter what she/he complaint about. And at check out, give them 50.000VND each.

The front desk hotel's staff : observe how good they are during my stay, then when I check out, my tip usually was 100.000 VND( in good service case) of course you dont have to tip them if you get ill service .

I think 10.000VND will help the lady have her lunch ( about 80cents) and 100.000VND ( about 8A$) will help the young man at front desk have better meals next week. The money wont help me that much!!

General there' no rule / etiquette for tipping in VN. You can tip them as much as you like , and leave nothing if you dont feel happy about their service, unlike in US you have to tip them even when the waiter/tress slam down your coffee cup infront of you !!

Palm Cove, Australia
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4. Re: tipping

No not a stupid question,

It is hard for us to understand as we not used too.

At times I wanted too, but felt uncomfortable. Other times I thought afterwards ‘Geez I should have.’

We rounded up all bills & did give ‘quietly’ to guides, if impressed with.

HongLam advice was good. I will follow infuture.

OH gifts, well hardly seen any stubby coolers & waiters etc. curious about. So maybe pack a few.

Australia
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Ally, yes here we dont use to tip. Seven ago went to singapore reading that no need to tip in Land of Merlion and it was.

Seven years later come back, the bellman who show us our room after done his job, not leaving our room but stay still looking at us. Understand what to do, but unfortunate haven't got any small change so gotta tip him $S 20. What's a guest he must think!!

Melbourne
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6. Re: tipping

Thank you all for such detailed advice, feeling confident now.

Cheers, Jen.

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Folks,

All good advice here. This is for the guys who had experienced the 45 minutes haircut/wash/facial & scalp massage, I had never had a haircut like that, ever. So with the time and effort that she spent, I tipped 100k, but well worth it. As you know, time is money and it was worth the money.

So the next time I am back in VN, it will be haircut, then every other day, hair wash & scalp and head massage. Very enjoyable and leaves your face glowing :)

Oh, the next time I am back and this is all I do, It would have been worth it.

Huy

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I saw lots of things like chocolate available here, so I don't know if gifts are needed unless they're really special. I've just been giving a dollar or two when service has been great. I gave the manager of my hotel a larger sum to divide among the staff.

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I had kids we met asking for kangaroo pins, souvenirs of Australia etc - I hadn't taken any. Seems like a good idea (even if they are all made in China these days) and wouldn't have taken much space .

Small denomination AU coins were a popular request by kids (mainly in Cambodia) - not sure if they were genuinely interested or just after coins.

Depending on timing, some small picture calenders like those you can pick up cheap at Victoria Markets might be a winner - they knew very little about Oz.

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10. Re: tipping

I think going to Vic Market to get some souvenirs before heading off to VN is a great idea.

Thanks, Jen.