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Appropriate Tuk Tuk Tip

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Appropriate Tuk Tuk Tip

We will spend eight days in Siem Reap next month. Our hotel booking includes a tuk tuk for the duration. Does any one have an idea what an appropraite daily tip might be for the tuk tuk driver? He will be availble from dawn to 10 PM -- ungodly hours, but I guess that is normal. Thanks.

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1. Re: Appropriate Tuk Tuk Tip

Tip him at the end of the week, on the final day. $10 (or a tad more)is sufficient, it is up to you to determine how good his services were and then base your tip on that.

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$10 per day or for the entire week??? The former would be reasonable, the latter extremely mean in my eyes!

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here is another thread on prices and their consequences and good food for thought

check out tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293940-i9551-k321… (specifically have a look at pages 3 & 4 (posts 36 onwards)

the thing you need to put into perspective is this: if you pay $15 per day is $10 per day an excessive tip - I think so -would you tip anyone else 66% of the price for some goods or a service - probably not. My advice - spread your tipping around, most drivers do OK - it's the folk who make your beds and wait on your tables who could really do with the extra cash

happy travels

helen

Edited: 28 January 2010, 05:17
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4. Re: Appropriate Tuk Tuk Tip

I would be leaning towards between $10 to $20 for the week.

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5. Re: Appropriate Tuk Tuk Tip

Actually, having said that, it really does depend on the service! We had good Tuk Tuk drivers in SR but not the best and nothing outstanding so we did not tip over the top. We had a brilliant Driver for four days out to Kratie and we tipped him a whole day rate, he was amazing.

Staff and a Tuk Tuk driver that looked after us in Kampot, we tipped well as they go above and beyond what we require.

So it depends and just guage it on what you feel comfortable with!!

It is sometimes an awkward thing espcially if you are not used to tipping as we in aust are'nt!

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6. Re: Appropriate Tuk Tuk Tip

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$10 for the entire week. He is a driver, not a guide. He takes you there, drops you off, and has all his time to himslef while guests are clamboring around the temples. $10 for the week or a bit more, depending on service, is plenty. Many people do not tip at all, and others like to throw thier money at these guys, there are all types.

Tipping is generally not a custom in Asia, most people coming from the west don't seem to know this, but for exceptional service, it is very much recommended (& will be appreciated!).

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Thanks for the input all. Want to do the right thing. We will also remember the house cleaning staff at the hotel. Back in the mid 90s (before Suharto fell), my wife and I spent a four days in Yogakarta in Indonesia. We were peddled all over the place by a man who worked as hard as any man I have ever met. It was a scene straight out of Peter Weir's great film, "The Year of Living Dangerously." I always remember that man. He had imprinted the name "Mercedes Benz" on his carriage.

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