Tipping in Vietnam is not expected but it is pretty appreciated. It is becoming more popular by tourists especially in big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. You should consider tipping guides, drivers, and staffs at hotels or restaurants if they have done good jobs. The tipping amount is depending on your satisfaction.
If you consider tipping tour guides, drivers, hotel staff, boat crews, waiters or waitresses, … below are some tips that will help you along you way:
- There is no standard amount or percentage for tipping
- People rarely tip at street-food stands
- If you want to tip the hotel staff, ask if there is a community tip box
- If someone ever politely declines your tip, thank them, take back your tip, and please do not overly press the issue (this is normal Vietnamese culture)
- A fair tip for tour guides and drivers on a one-day tour is about 100,000 VND, but it is completely up to you
- For or multi-day tours you may tip more depending on how long the trip was, the quality of your guide, and your delights!
It’s considered proper to make a small donation when you visit a pagoda or temple, most pagoda in Vietnam have a contribution box for this purpose.