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proper tipping

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proper tipping


what is the proper tip for a private driver for a day and also what is the tipping procedure for a massage at a regular spa such as in ubud?

thank you

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1. Re: proper tipping


depends how good your driver is, if he is charging 450 000rp for a day, that is a good price for him already - so a tip is unnecessary. if he is a cheap driver maybe give him an extra 50 000rp.

as a former massage therapist I say tip a lot!!!! lol, about 10 000rp is plenty and only if they are super good. if an average treatment dont tip they dont really expect it, and give it to them - not front desk.

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yes tipping is not their custom or expected in Bali.

They are poor, but no where tips like America do, they make it very difficult and the Balinese could never tip like them should they have the opportunity to travel.

People tend to round off when dining and in taxis.

Taxi is 8000rp, give 10 000.

Meal is 89 000, give 95 000...

Massage, we don't tend to tip but we go every single day. If you are just going once then feel free to tip say 10 000 as suggested.

As also suggested, standard drivers fee is a good price....but we usually buy them lunch.

If anyone gives exceptional service (driver, shop assistant, masseur etc) then it's always nice to give more...but not expected.

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hi there i only tip if i have been given really good service usually at restaurants, i did tip the driver that i had arranged to pick us up from the airportt,via email before the trip we agreed on 100,000rp for 6 people to be collected, he was there when we arrived and had been waiting a while, also he had provided 2 6 seater vans instead of 1 as he didnt think he had enough room for our luggage,all would have been fine in just one 6 seater but i tipped him and extra .20,000 for his trouble, i did tip small amounts 10,000rp a few times for a really good massage,hotel porter

however this topic comes up quite often and is the subject of much debate mainly about tipping becoming expected in Bali, i experienced this first hand on my last trip, the day of our checkout a hotel cleaner came up and introduced himself,i though this was a little strange, in the first few days yeah sure, but the last day???, he then said he wanted to come to see me before we left, just to make sure we were happy with his service!!! i have no idea if this was the guy who had been cleaning our room as i haddent seen anyone, i had actually planned to give the cleaner a tip but i was quite put out that this guy was almost asking for it,anyway he didnt show up so im still not sure if he was our cleaner or not but he didnt get a tip.

cheers j

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