Tipping in Laos

Tipping in Laos

  •   2018-06-20
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Tipping is not customary in Laos. However, small gratuities may be given in appreciation for efficient, friendly service.

These days, people such as boat men, driver, and hotel-restaurant staff…have grown accustomed to getting a tip from tourists. The same goes for tour guides. If a local helps you out like taking you somewhere or finds an important person for you, or allow you to take some photo, they would be looking for you to provide a small amount. It’s probably wise to always have some small change in KIP handy for when these occasions arise.

Here is a general rule of thumb for tipping:

Guides:
- About $5-$7 per day per person for a national guide.
- About $3-$5 per day per person for a local guide.

Drivers (car and boat): $2 per person per day is average.

Porters: 10,000 KIP per bag is sufficient.

Restaurants: between 5% of the bill is usual.


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