Tipping Etiquette in Vietnam: A Guide to Tipping Practices and Recommended Amounts

Tipping Etiquette in Vietnam: A Guide to Tipping Practices and Recommended Amounts

Vietnam, with its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture, has become an increasingly popular travel destination for tourists from around the world. As you embark on your journey to explore this beautiful country, it's essential to familiarize yourself with the local customs and social norms, including the practice of tipping. Tipping in Vietnam is a bit different from what you might be accustomed to in other countries, and understanding the etiquette can enhance your travel experience and foster positive interactions with locals.

Tipping Etiquette in Vietnam: What You Need to Know

Tipping isn't a customary practice in Vietnam, although it's highly valued.The concept of tipping remains largely unfamiliar to the majority of Vietnamese people. A significant portion of Vietnam's service industry comprises of street food vendors and family-operated enterprises, which haven't yet embraced a well-defined stance on tipping.Individuals working in such establishments might find themselves perplexed or might even encourage you to take back the additional money.

Tipping in Vietnam

In contrast, the act of tipping is generally embraced (and anticipated) in more upscale restaurants, bars, and spas.In bustling urban centers and popular tourist destinations like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Da Nang, the practice of tipping appears to be more prevalent.

Furthermore, while gratuities are warmly received in major tourist hubs and metropolitan areas, those residing in rural areas don't hold any expectations of being tipped.Offering additional money that they haven't requested might even cause offense, particularly among the elderly.

Tipping Etiquette for Different Services

  • Tourguide : Tour guides play a crucial role in shaping the outcome of your journeys. The level of assistance, expertise, and friendliness showcased by the tour guide can be the deciding factor between an exceptionally delightful trip and a regrettable one. This is why it is strongly advised to show an added level of generosity to your tour guide, particularly when you are embarking on a private tour.For a private tour guide, tipping between US $7 and US $10 per day is customary. If you're in a larger group, consider tipping around US $3 to US $5 per person daily.

Tourguide & paxs

  • Tour driver : It's considered reasonable to tip a tour driver around US $5 to US $7 per day. This is justified as they are available throughout the day, ensuring your safety during transportation and driving responsibly while taking you to various destinations. Additionally, you might occasionally come across a driver who is not only pleasant and knowledgeable but can also communicate quite well in English. Should you encounter such a driver, offering a small gift in conjunction with a tip would be appreciated, and they would treat this gesture with great respect.

Car hire with driver

  • Restaurant Waiter/Waitress: In restaurants, it is not customary to leave a tip, especially in local eateries.Since many restaurants in Vietnam don't include a service charge in the bill, direct tipping is a customary practice. If you're pleased with the service, a tip ranging from US $1 to US $3 is considerate.Additionally, some establishments provide a tipping box where you can leave a modest amount, around US $1 as an expression of gratitude, which will be shared among the staff.Higher-end restaurants and 5-star hotel dining venues often add a service charge, but supplementing this with a small gratuity for exceptional service is a courteous gesture.


Waiter tip at the restaurant
  • Hotels: Tipping hotel staff, including bellhops and housekeeping, is appreciated & common in Vietnam.Bellmen play a pivotal role as they're often the first and last point of contact during your hotel stay. They assist with luggage, check-in, and check-out, a standard tip for bellmen is around US $2 (50,000 VND) or US $1 per piece of luggage.While some might argue that tipping housekeeping staff isn't necessary, leaving a small gratuity of US $1-2 (50,000 VND) on the room table is a gesture of appreciation for their efforts in maintaining your accommodation


restaurant service
  • Spas and Salons: If you enjoy spa treatments or salon services during your trip, tipping around 5-10% of the total bill is a polite gesture for the staff who have provided these services.
  • Taxis and Transportation: Tipping taxi drivers is not customary, but you can round up the fare as a gesture of appreciation. For other forms of transportation, like cyclos or motorbike taxis, rounding up is also a common practice

Keep in mind that these are general guidelines, and the amount you choose to tip can vary based on your satisfaction with the service and your budget. While tipping is appreciated, the most important thing is to treat the locals with respect and kindness.

We hope this information helps you navigate the tipping customs during your travels in Vietnam. If you have any further questions or need assistance with anything else, feel free to reach out to us. reach out to +84.988451530 (whatsapp) or email us at goldenholidaytravel.vn@gmail.com.

Wishing you a fantastic and enriching journey in Vietnam!

Golden Holiday Travel Team

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