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Tipping guidelines

2023 - 2025

Management Board


The custom of tipping varies widely between countries, but it is usually the standard of service that determines tips. Travelers are often confused about the tipping culture in Southeast Asia. Tipping is a firm and expected element in the tourism industry today and The Southeast Asia Countries are no exception.Most of the tours, booked by Custom Asia Travel’s customers are private ones. Therefore, tipping for independent travel is not compulsory and is at the customers’ own discretion. However, private guides and drivers do expect a tip where good service has been provided and it is very much appreciated. In other words, tip when you are pleased with the service you received and do not tip if you don’t feel you have been given good service. Never feel obliged to tip - it is always discretionary.The following is just a guide to gauge an appropriate amount to tip and not all-inclusive:You can use local currencies, but US dollars are accepted at most places for tips.


Tour Guide

  • FIT < 6 pax: US$  12 - 15 /grp/day (USD 14 for 2 pax)

  • Group 7 - 15 persons: US$ 15 - 20 /grp/day

  • Group 15 persons up: US$ 20 - 30 /grp/day

Tour Guide - Adventure trip (Trekking, cycling...)

  • FIT < 6 persons: US$ 15 - 20 /grp/day

  • Group 7 - 15 persons: US$ 20 - 25 /grp/day

  • Group 15 persons up: US$ 25 - 30  /grp/day

  • Local way leader/ Cook (trekking tours): USD $5 - 7 /grp/ day


  • City Transfers: US$ 6 - 10 /day/booking ($8 for a group of 2 pax)

  • Upcountry/ Mountain road: US$ 10 /group/ working dayIncentive

  • Groups: US$ 10/day/group

  • Busboy (helper): US$4/day

  • Cyclo, Tuk - Tuks: US$ 1 - $2 /person

Boat crews

  • Short tour (1 - 2 hour): US$ 3 - 5/sampan, 5 per couple

  • Long tour (half-day): US$ 6 - 8/ boat, 8 per couple

  • Cruise with O/N: US$ 10 / cabin/ night


  • Porters - US$ 1 /luggage

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We had an absolutely wonderful holiday and were really impressed with how smoothly everything went. The accomodation was high quality, the itinerary was interesting and well paced and everything went really well.
Tuan, our tour guide was terrific - knowledgeable, friendly but also respectful of our needs, flexible and keen to make sure we had a great holiday. The car was incredibly comfortable and our driver was reliable and friendly also - in fact everything was perfect, so thank you!

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