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australia
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tipping

Read in another post tipping not the norm, nor expecting, but in the exclusions of a tour i will do it lists 'tip for tour guide'. Is my guide, or i suspect different guides in several locations going to expect a tip.

Hanoi, Vietnam
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1. Re: tipping

That's one of the costs and problems of a tour. The last few years in VN, the tipping situation is changing because we have spoiled the Vietnamese.

Hanoi, Vietnam
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2. Re: tipping

To be honest with you, 2 years ago, I and my friends (group of Vietnamese students) did tipping the guides lead us to Sapa and Quan Lan island (it's near Ha Long Bay)

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3. Re: tipping

It depends on the tour, the ones we did with Sinh Tourist didn't expect a tip but we tipped the staff on the Halong Bay junk.

Nha Trang, Vietnam
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4. Re: tipping

The OP would do well to input the word 'tipping' into the search box instead of starting the nth thread on this well hashed subject.

australia
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5. Re: tipping

I actually have followed the advice above, and entered 'tipping tour guide' into the search and the first recent (may 2013) response that jumped out at me , was 'try the search box', not an actual answer......and yes by the same respondant.

Anyway I will just play it as I go. I am fine with tipping for good service and as the guide(s) need to collect/get me from/to trains and other transport, the lack of hassles will probably determine any such tipping.

pacific palms
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6. Re: tipping

Dev tipping is not encouraged except by employers who pay just a bare minimum to their employees passing the onus onto the traveller. My suggestion is not to tip as a general thing to do and certainly avoid any outright approaches that you will get from some tour operators. The same thing applies to Agents that request a good review on Tripadvisor at the end of a tour.

By all means round up but please dont add to the county's inflation as tipping does just that.

Cheers Ross

australia
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7. Re: tipping

Thanks Ross, you get my tip for the most helpful response to date (most others were good info too).

My tour quote came with a breakdown of cost of each day (in Hanoi, Sapa, HoiAn).....$25-30 for day tour, and same for one night tour in Hanoi. (Not sure a guide to take me to a bar or whatever is worth it but hey booked now). My thinking is there is enough in that to pay the guide fairly. I was able to delete airport transfers and accommodation one night that I had prebooked a hotel for, so maybe I have cut a little of their profit margin already.

Pattaya, Thailand
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8. Re: tipping

Tipping is a personal thing if you feel like they did a good job I don't think giving them a few dollars is that big of a deal. :)

Hanoi, Vietnam
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9. Re: tipping

There are not any rules for tipping in Vietnam. It is depending on your satisfaction. If you feel happy with their services you can tip them amount of your think. As on our boat, guest usually tips 2 times that 1 times for the staff on the boat by putting to TIP box, the second tip is for tour guide at the end of tour.

Edited: 10 July 2013, 03:36
pacific palms
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10. Re: tipping

Post no 9 is an example of subtle pressure to tip.

Ross