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Tipping in Indonesia: The Indonesia Tipping Guide

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There are no set rules for tipping in Indonesia, but there are still times when it is appropriate to leave a little extra. This Indonesia tipping guide will help you know when/how much to tip for great service.

Tipping in Indonesia

Tipping in Indonesia isn’t a standard practice, as a service charge may be added to the final bill in hotels and restaurants . If service, however, isn’t included or it exceeds all expectations, you are welcome to leave a little extra to show your gratitude and it will be appreciated. The currency in Indonesia is the rupiah (Rp) and it’s considered acceptable to round up to the nearest rupiah when in doubt on what to tip. Be sure to hand the tip directly to the person you want to thank for excellent service.

Though tipping might not a standard practice, there are general guidelines that will help ensure a stress-free vacation. This Indonesia tipping guide will help you navigate when/where you can leave a little extra for great service.

Indonesia Tipping Guide

Café Server : A tip isn’t required, but you can leave a few coins for top-notch service.

Restaurant Server : A service charge of 5 to 10 percent may be included in the final bill. If service exceeds expectations, feel free to give the server a few extra coins. If service isn’t included, leave up to 15 percent for a job well done. A tip will always be appreciated, but isn’t expected. To ensure the server receives the tip, hand the money directly to them.  

Bartender: A tip isn’t required, but you can leave a few coins for top-notch service.

Tour Guides : There is no obligation to tip a guide, but a few extra coins are a nice way to show appreciation for a memorable tour. The amount is up to you and should reflect the experience.

Taxis:  It is common, but not obligatory, to round up to the nearest rupiah on a fare.

Doorman: Hotels typically include a 10 percent service charge on top of the 10 to 11 percent tax in the final bill, and therefore tipping isn’t required. You can, however, offer a few coins for exemplary service. To ensure the right employee receives your tip, hand it directly to him or her.

Bellhop:  Hotels typically include a 10 percent service charge on top of the 10 to 11 percent tax in the final bill, and therefore tipping isn’t required. You can, however, give a few extra coins for delivering your luggage to your room. To ensure the right employee receives your tip, hand it directly to him or her.

Housecleaning:  Hotels typically include a 10 percent service charge on top of the 10 to 11 percent tax in the final bill, and therefore tipping isn’t required. You can, however, give a few extra coins for a squeaky-clean stay. To ensure the right employee receives your tip, hand it directly to him or her.  

Concierge:  Hotels typically include a 10 percent service charge on top of the 10 to 11 percent tax in the final bill, and therefore tipping isn’t required. You can, however, give a few extra coins for a special recommendation or hard-to-get reservation. To ensure the right employee receives your tip, hand it directly to him or her.

Stylist : It is common to tip 20,000Rp to 50,000Rp for great service, but you can leave extra if you really love the new look.

Spa Service Provider : The amount to tip is a personal decision, but good starting points for services include 20,000Rp for manicures and pedicures, 30,000Rp for a one-hour massage, and 25,000Rp for a facial. It is up to you if you would like to leave more or less.

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Do you tip in INDONESIA?

Whether you are travelling to the laid back beach vibes on the island of Bali or the bustling metropolis Jakarta, you may be asking yourself “do you tip in Bali?” or “how much to tip in Bali”.  Lucky for you we have all the answers you seek in our comprehensive guide to tipping in Indonesia.

While tipping in Indonesia has not traditionally been a regular way of life for locals. It is increasingly becoming more common, especially on the tourist island of Bali. The island of Bali attracts tourists and digital nomads from across the world, some of which hail from countries that tip.  So naturally, the question of do you need to tip in Bali is often asked.

As a general rule, you are not required to leave a tip in Bali and by extension the whole country of Indonesia. There are however some occasions where leaving a tip may be a nice way of saying thanks for exceptional service. 

Read on to discover everything you need to know about tipping in Indonesia, and the specific services where leaving a tip may be an option. 

RESTAURANTS

TIP 10% AT RESTAURANTS IN INDONESIA IF THERE IS NO SERVICE CHARGE

YOU DO NOT NEED TO TIP YOUR TAXI DRIVER IN INDONESIA

ROUND UP YOUR BILL AT BARS IN INDONESIA

TOUR GUIDES

YOU DO NOT NEED TO TIP YOUR TOUR GUIDE IN INDONESIA

YOU DO NOT NEED TO TIP AT HOTELS IN INDONESIA

TIP 20000 TO 30000 RP TO YOUR MASSAGE THERAPIST IN INDONESIA

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🍽️ Restaurant - 5-10% If No Service Charge

🍹 Bar - 10% If No Service Charge

🚕 Taxi - Round Up To Nearest Rp5,000

🛎️ Porter/Bellhop - Rp5,000-10,000/Bag If Prompt

🛏️ Housekeeping - Rp10,000-20,000/Day Appreciated

📸 Tour Guide - Rp10,000-20,000/Day If Great

🛒 Bag Boy - Rp5,000-10,000

⛳️ Caddy - Rp100,000-120,000

In tourist hubs, your tip will be taken as a measure of your level of satisfaction with the service. In local eateries and rural areas, the practice is less common.

Throughout your stay you’re likely to run into “helpers” who may offer to carry your bags, help you cross the road or find a parking spot. These people will expect tips but keep an eye out for “please do not tip” signs.

Calculate a culturally appropriate tip for Indonesia using the calculator below and read on for more detail on tipping in Restaurants, Bars, Taxis, Hotels etc.

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Tipping in Bars & Restaurants

It’s not mandatory but a tip of 5-10% for good service is considered appropriate in most cases. There’s no need to tip extra if a service charge has already been included and some local restaurants may discourage tipping (look out for signs).

It’s best to hand your tip directly to your server and be discreet. If you leave your tip on the table, it might be pocketed by the maître d’ or the person who clears away your plates.

Tipping Taxi Drivers

If you’re getting a taxi, Gojek or Grab, it’s common to round up your fare to the nearest Rp5,000, especially if the driver has provided you with good service.

Tipping The Porter/Bellhop

Most Indonesian porters appreciate tips in the range of Rp5,000-10,000/bag. Give the tip to them directly.

Tipping Housekeeping

Tipping your housekeeper isn’t mandatory, especially if your hotel bill includes a service charge, but it is appreciated. Tip around Rp10,000-20,000/day but check the literature in your hotel room first as they may offer advice on tipping that’s specific to your hotel.

Leave any tip on the pillow with a note saying “Thank You!” or “ Terima Kasih!”

Tipping Tour Guides

Again, tipping your tour guide isn’t mandatory but it is appreciated if you’ve enjoyed your experience. Tip your guide Rp30,000-100,000/day and your driver Rp20,000-50,000/day.

The exact tip will depend on the length and quality of the tour.

Which Currency To Use

Always use Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), the official currency of Indonesia, when you’re paying or tipping and always keep some small notes on hand (e.g. Rp1,000, Rp2,000, Rp5,000) in case you need them.

Never tip with international currencies (like USD). That’s especially true in rural areas where locals may find it difficult to exchange due to the lack of banks and currency exchanges.

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Bali Tipping 101: Everything You Need to Know

When in Bali, lots of guests ask the question “How much should I tip?” Tipping is simple in many places of the world. You receive a service and leave a tip. But things are a little different in Bali. Tipping isn’t required, although it’s a nice gesture and greatly appreciated. It’s a method of saying “thank you” for excellent service. A simple gratuity can go a long way while dining out, renting a taxi, or sightseeing with a tour guide. It expresses gratitude and admiration for the hard work of the locals. We’ll go into the art of tipping in Bali in this article with real-life examples.

The General Tipping Culture in Bali

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Bali is a melting pot of traditions, and its tipping culture reflects that. Unlike some places where tipping is almost a rule, in Bali, it’s a choice. But it’s a choice that speaks volumes. While tipping isn’t compulsory, it’s warmly received. It says something about the work done.

You also might wonder, “How much should I tip?” Well, there’s no fixed answer. It’s all about what feels right for you. Some folks leave small change at cafes, while others might give a bit more for a day-long tour. Remember, it’s not only about the amount but the gesture. Sometimes a tip is not accepted due to they genuinely like you as a tourist.

Most restaurants just include a “service charge” so nobody would be required to think about this. This service charge is around 5% most of the time and represents the tip for the staff. All tips will be accumulated and divided at payday for most people in the service industry. Even after service charge, a lot of people still want to tip, and that’s (more than) ok 🙂 makes us happy.

Whether you’re sipping a coffee, enjoying a massage, or exploring ancient temples, a tip, no matter how small, is a way of saying “Terima Kasih” or “Thank you” in Bahasa Indonesia .

Tipping in Different Scenarios

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When in Bali, every experience is unique, and so is the tipping etiquette for each. Let’s break it down:

  • Restaurants and Cafes: Had a delightful meal? Leaving a tip of 10% to 15% is a sweet way to appreciate the chef and the staff. But if there’s already a service charge, you can skip it or just leave some small change.
  • Taxi and Private Drivers: For short rides, rounding up per IDR 10,000 the fare is a kind gesture. For longer journeys or day trips, consider tipping between 10% to 15% of the total fare.
  • Tour Guides: These folks make your Bali adventures come alive with stories and insights. A tip of 15% can be a great way to thank them. If they go above and beyond, like helping with photos or sharing personal tales, you might want to tip a bit more.
  • Spa Services: After a relaxing massage or beauty treatment, a tip of 10% to 15% can make the therapist’s day. It’s a small way to say thanks for the rejuvenation.
  • Hotel Staff: From the bellboy to the housekeeper, a small tip is a kind gesture. It’s not about the amount, but the thought. Some notes can make a difference.

Tip (no pun intended): Online taxis such as grab and gojek can be tipped through the app!

In Bali, tipping is all about gratitude. It’s about cherishing the moments and the people who make them special. Rule of Thumb : in most cases tips above IDR 100,000 ($6.50) is honestly too much, but very much appreciated. This amount is fine to tip (or more) for full day (8 hours) private drive around Bali.

Personal Experiences and Anecdotes

Bali Taxi

A Gojek bringing me safely to my destination: My Gojek was late and very apologetic about it. Yet he drove safely to my destination. He noticed I was missing 1 small note (1k IDR) but instead gave him 10 extra. He mentioned that was not required. I told him it was the tip. He tried to refuse, and I refused to take money back. He was genuinely happy!

My grab: I had a very nice conversation with my grab driver. It was a 30 minute drive, (15 we spent stuck in traffic chatting about daily life). At the end I rounded the amount up and added a bit extra. My grab driver was extremely happy and did a small prayer for me.

Tour Guide & Private Driver: I use the same tour guide mostly because of his knowledge. He’s a certified licensed guide and knows what we want, a knowledgable tour. Of course he is going to get that extra, and in return, we get to know even more ins and outs about Bali.

At the hotel: After a pleasant stay, I live some small bills with sometimes a handwritten thank you note. Most of the times I don’t encounter the staff as I am checking out, but when I do, they sure are more grateful.

At a fast-food Franchise: This is did not tip myself, but I saw a tourist tipping IDR 20,000 to the cashier. The cashier jumped and did a whole dance routine out of joy! This happened right after the island re-opened after Covid. I’ve never seen someone so happy from receiving a tip. Also, it is not customary to tip at fast food franchises.

The Impact of Tipping on the Local Economy

As somebody sometimes on the receiving end of tips this is very helpful. It will help out with daily expenses. Some people would buy their lunch or dinner from a IDR 10,000 tip. Or that would even fill half a tank of petrol for most scooters. And receiving that multiple times a day is just more than helpful. The minimum wage of an employee in the service industry in Bali in 2023-2024 is around IDR 3,200,000.

Tips will help with a lot of expenses! But again, they are a choice in Bali, not mandatory!

Etiquette and Best Practices

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There’s a certain way to do tipping right in Bali. Here are some etiquette and best practices to keep in mind:

Discreetly Done: When tipping, it’s best to do it discreetly. Hand over the tip with both hands, as it’s a sign of respect in Balinese culture. A gentle nod or a simple “Terima Kasih” can accompany the gesture.

Small Bills Are Best: Always try to have small denominations on hand. It makes tipping easier and avoids the awkwardness of asking for change. Plus, it’s always appreciated by the receiver.

Service Charge Insights: Some establishments include a service charge in the bill. It’s good to check. If it’s there, you can still leave a small tip if you found the service exceptional. If not, a tip of 10% to 15% is a kind gesture.

Read the Situation: Sometimes, a smile or a gesture of help doesn’t expect a tip. For instance, a local helping you with directions or a someone showing you a hidden path. In such cases a thank you with your hands together and a bow of your head is already very respectful sign.

So tipping is not mandatory, but we do like to receive it. Only give it when you feel it’s right. When the service received is satisfying. Tips impacts our financial situation as we can do a lot with not that much.

FAQs about Tipping in Bali

How much should i tip at restaurants or cafes in bali.

Generally, if you’ve had a delightful meal and service, leaving a tip of 10% to 15% is a good practice. However, do check the bill, as some establishments might already include a service charge.

What’s the tipping etiquette for taxi or private drivers?

While it is not mandatory, for short rides, simply rounding up the fare is a kind gesture. For longer journeys or day-long trips, consider tipping between 10% to 20% of the total fare. It’s a way to appreciate the driver’s service and local knowledge.

Is it common to tip hotel staff in Bali?

Yes, it’s a kind gesture to tip hotel staff. While there’s no fixed amount, some (small) notes can make a difference and show your appreciation for their service. I mostly leave it on the nightstand or on the bed before I checkout.

Are there any situations where I shouldn’t tip in Bali?

While tipping is appreciated, there are situations where it’s not expected. For instance, if a local simply helps you with directions or offers a friendly gesture without providing a specific service, a warm smile and a heartfelt “thank you” are more than enough.

Is tipping mandatory in Bali?

No, tipping in Bali isn’t mandatory. However, it’s a kind gesture that shows appreciation for the services provided. While it’s not a strict obligation, it’s warmly received and appreciated by the locals.

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Tipping in Indonesia

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Tipping in Indonesia does not have standard service, and you are not obligated to tip. However, if you find the service helpful or exceed your expectation, it is nice to give extra rewards as appreciation. It is also common to round up to the nearest rupiah in the bill when you doubt about how much to tip. But here are more details about tipping practices in Indonesia.

Most hotels have included the 11% service charges in the final bill. But if you want, you can tip the respective hotel workers if you are happy with their services, such as the bellmen, doorman, valet server, housekeeper, waiters, concierge, etc. – make sure to hand the money directly to individuals. Depending on the type of hotel you’re staying at, you can tip them starting from Rp.20.000,- up to Rp.100.000,- or even more – if you want.

Restaurants or café

Some restaurants include the 5% service charges in the bill. But if not, you can leave a tip by rounding up the bill or tip between 5-15%. Some restaurants have the tip box near the cashier where you can put the money into, or you can leave the money inside the bill holder or on the table; these will usually be divided evenly among all staff. If you want a specific waiter to receive the tip, make sure to hand the money directly to the individuals.

Dedicated guides or drivers

If you hire a guide or a car with driver to get you around for a couple of hours or a whole day, you will usually pay for their lunch, and some tips are generally expected – Rp.50.000,- is average for 2-4 hours journey, and Rp.100.000,- is sufficient for a full day service. You can certainly give more if you are very happy with the service.

Tour guides

It is not obligated to tip your guides in Indonesia. But if you want to tip extra to reflect your appreciation for the service, feel free to give as much or as little as you like.

Taxi drivers

Tipping is not mandatory for taxi drivers in Indonesia. But since most taxi drivers rarely have small notes or coins, many passengers round up the bill to give a little extra.

Airport Porters

If the airport does not have the official porter rates, you can pay around Rp.20.000- for each luggage.

Saloon and spa

If you go to saloon or spa in Indonesia, expect to tip after the staff has completed the services. Based on your satisfaction for the service, you can tip between 10-20% from the bill, or a minimum of Rp.20.000,- should be appropriate. Of course, you can always tip more if you like the new look or service.

In conclusion, tipping should reflect some conditions, including the level of service provided and the value of money to the person delivering the service. For Indonesian service providers, tipping can make a big difference for their take-home-pay compared to the salary alone.

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Welcome to Indonesia, a vibrant country known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality. As you embark on your travel adventure, it’s essential to understand the tipping culture in Indonesia to navigate social customs and show appreciation for exceptional service. In this guide, we will delve into the intricacies of tipping in Indonesia and provide you with valuable insights to make your travel experience even more enjoyable.

Understanding Tipping Culture in Indonesia

Indonesia’s tipping culture is deeply rooted in its traditional norms and values. Indonesians value modesty, humility, and a sense of community, which influence their expectations regarding gratuities. Tipping is not mandatory, but it is customary to express gratitude for excellent service. However, it’s important to note that tipping customs can vary between urban and rural areas, with different practices prevalent in each setting.

In urban areas, such as Jakarta or Bali, the tipping culture is more influenced by international practices. You will find that restaurants and hotels in these areas often include a service charge in the bill. If a service charge is not included, a gratuity of 5-10% of the total bill is considered appropriate.

However, in rural areas, tipping is less common and may not be expected. Nonetheless, a small token of appreciation for exceptional service is always welcome.

Tipping Etiquette in Different Settings

Restaurants and cafes.

When dining at restaurants and cafes in Indonesia, it’s important to be aware of the service charge policy. Some establishments automatically include a service charge in the bill, typically around 5-10% of the total amount. This charge is distributed among the staff members. If a service charge is not included, it is customary to leave a gratuity of 5-10% of the bill to show your appreciation for the waitstaff.

In street food stalls, tipping is not common practice unless you feel the service was exceptional. These small food vendors often provide quick and efficient service at affordable prices, and while tipping is not expected, a sincere word of thanks will be appreciated.

Hotels and Accommodations

When staying in hotels, it is customary to tip hotel staff who provide personal services such as bellboys or porters who assist with your luggage. A tip of $1-2 (approximately 1,000-2,000 IDR) is a reasonable amount to express your gratitude. Housekeeping staff also appreciate a small gratuity, usually left on the dresser or pillow.

When dining at hotel restaurants or ordering room service, it’s important to check if a service charge is included. If not, a gratuity of 5-10% is appreciated for the waitstaff. It’s worth noting that some upscale hotels may include a service charge, so always check your bill before adding an additional tip.

As for tour guides and drivers, tipping them is customary to acknowledge their expertise and efforts. If you have a private tour guide or driver accompanying you throughout your trip, a tip of $5-10 (approximately 50,000-100,000 IDR) per day is a kind gesture. For shorter tours or occasional taxi rides, rounding up the fare or adding a small tip is appreciated.

Transportation Services

In the realm of transportation, tipping practices can vary depending on the mode of transport. When using taxis or ride-hailing services, rounding up the fare to the nearest convenient amount is sufficient. For example, if your fare is 50,000 IDR, you can round it up to 55,000 IDR (approximately $5.50) as a tip. This small gesture is appreciated by the drivers.

If you have a private driver or chauffeur, it is customary to tip them for their services. A tip of $5-10 (approximately 50,000-100,000 IDR) per day is a reasonable amount to show your appreciation for their professionalism and assistance. Boat and ferry operators, on the other hand, usually do not expect tips unless they have provided exceptional service or gone above and beyond their duties.

Tourist Attractions and Services

When exploring tourist attractions, such as guided tours or local experts, tipping is a common practice to show appreciation for their knowledge and efforts. If you have a tour guide accompanying you, a tip of $5-10 (approximately 50,000-100,000 IDR) per day is a reasonable amount to express your gratitude. Local experts or specialists who provide unique insights into cultural sites or activities also appreciate a small gratuity for their expertise.

If you indulge in spa and wellness services during your stay in Indonesia, a gratuity of 10% of the total bill is appreciated. This applies to massages, facials, and other treatments where you receive personalized care. It’s a kind gesture to show your appreciation for the therapists’ skills and efforts.

When shopping at traditional markets or souvenir shops, tipping is not expected. However, rounding up the bill or leaving small change can be a nice gesture of appreciation for the vendor’s assistance. It’s also a common practice to negotiate the price of goods in these markets, and if you’re satisfied with the final price, you can offer a small tip to seal the deal.

Dos and Don’ts of Tipping in Indonesia

To ensure you navigate tipping customs in Indonesia respectfully, here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind:

  • Observe and respect local customs : Pay attention to the tipping practices around you and follow suit. If you notice locals leaving a tip, it’s a good indication that it’s customary to do so.
  • Carry small bills for convenient tipping : Having smaller denominations of local currency makes it easier to provide gratuities without the need for change. It also allows you to tip multiple individuals without running out of suitable denominations.
  • Express gratitude verbally along with the tip : Alongside leaving a gratuity, take a moment to sincerely thank the service provider. A simple “Terima kasih” (thank you) goes a long way in showing your appreciation.
  • Avoid excessive tipping that might be perceived as offensive : While generosity is appreciated, excessive tipping can sometimes be seen as inappropriate or uncomfortable. Stick to the customary range mentioned earlier to ensure you don’t overdo it.
  • Refrain from tipping government officials or police : It is not customary to tip individuals fulfilling official duties, such as government officials or police officers. They are expected to provide their services without the expectation of gratuities.
  • Do not feel obligated to tip if service was unsatisfactory : Tipping is a gesture of appreciation for excellent service. If the service fell short of your expectations, you have the discretion to decide whether or not to leave a tip. Use your judgment to determine whether a tip is warranted based on the quality of service received.

Handling Cultural Sensitivity

As you navigate tipping customs in Indonesia, it’s essential to be sensitive to socioeconomic disparities. While tipping is customary in many places, not everyone may have the means to do so. Some individuals working in the service industry may rely on tips as an additional source of income, while others may have a stable salary. Being mindful of these disparities and respecting cultural differences is crucial to maintaining positive interactions and promoting equality.

Additionally, it’s important to recognize and respect cultural nuances surrounding tipping. Indonesia is a diverse country with a variety of customs and traditions. Practices may differ between regions, communities, and even establishments. Strive to strike a balance between your personal values and the local customs to ensure a positive and culturally immersive experience.

Tipping in Indonesia is a way to show gratitude for exceptional service and engage in cultural exchanges. By understanding the tipping customs in different settings, respecting local practices, and expressing your appreciation, you can enhance your travel experience in this beautiful country. Embrace the warmth of Indonesian hospitality, immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry that awaits you, and remember that a sincere thank you goes a long way in creating positive connections with the people you encounter on your journey.

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Tipping In Indonesia

Tipping in Indonesia isn’t traditional, and more often then not a service charge will be included on the bill. Don’t let that stop your travels though, as Indonesia is home of the beautiful island of Bali filled with lovely people and amazing views. With such beautiful landscapes its no wonder visitors rush to the island every year to see everything Indonesia has to offer! Use our tipping guide to figure out when you should tip on your adventures in Indonesia!

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HOW TO TIP IN INDONESIA

The questions `when?` and `how much?` that surround tipping can leave some travelers confused, as the practice varies. This guide attempts to cover most situations that you, as a tourist, will encounter. Hopefully using these `tips` will provide a smooth experience when interacting with locals in restaurants, bars, hotels, tour operators, and taxis.

Tipping in Indonesia is not mandatory , but there is a mandatory government tax of 10% added to the bill in most restaurants and hotels. However, the base salary is low and service workers seek tips to provide extra income. Most hotels and restaurants will put tips in a pool and they are shared amongst the workers.

The Indonesian Rupia (IDR) abbreviated to Rp is the official currency in Indonesia. The airport, local banks and indoor ATMs at banks are the best places to exchange or withdraw your money. ATMs are risky in some places as they can be notorious for card scamming.

There is a 10% service charge added to the bill in some restaurants, check your bill for this additional charge. You can always leave any extra change on top of this amount for your server. Generally adding up to 10 - 15% will be appreciated by the staff member who waited on you. Be sure to give the tip directly to your server, if it is left on the table chances are it will go into a tip jar and be shared with others.

Many hotels include a 21% service charge, which 10% of that is government mandated tax and normally the hotel staff does not receive any of the remaining 11%. It is not required but appreciated to leave a tip for the staff such as the bellman, concierge and cleaning staff.

There is no need to tip your taxi driver, all taxis are metered and the final cost shown is the amount you should pay. You can always round up the fare to the nearest Rp or leave the change with the driver, but this is not mandatory.

Generally, a small gratuity is appreciated by tour guides as most guides have to share half the cost of a tour with the driver.

In Indonesia spa`s services are popular along with other activities such as river rafting or elephant rides where tipping is greatly appreciated, 15% of the total bill is recommended but not mandatory.

Remember that it is perfectly okay to abstain, especially if you are not happy with the service provided. This is also true for hotel staff, however if you should encounter a problem with the service within the hotel, we highly recommend speaking with the manager.

When paying for services in cash (which we generally recommend for services other than your hotel) remember to take your receipt. This is important for two reasons; If you leave a tip on a credit card, the person providing the service may not always get it, and if there is a discrepancy it is important to have your receipt to settle it with the manager of the establishment and to prove that you paid for the service.

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tipping in Indonesia

If you are traveling to Indonesia in the near future, then you will need to research the currency and tipping etiquette before you arrive. The currency is called the rupiah and abbreviated Rp. The currency code is IDR. Rupiah is divided into 100 sen. Tipping in Indonesia is common to a certain extent. How much to tip always depends on how satisfied you are. This guide will tell you more..

should you tip your tour guide?

In Indonesia Don't tip your tour guide

You are not obligated to tip your tour guides in Indonesia. However, if you feel that your tour guide has been extremely helpful feel free to tip him or her as much or as little as you like. A small gratuity will always be appreciated, but don't feel under any pressure.

tipping in spas in Indonesia

In Spas Tip 20,000 - 30,000 Rp in Indonesia

If you go to a spa in Indonesia, expect to tip. If you get a manicure or pedicure, tip around Rp 20,000. If you get a one-hour massage, around Rp 30,000 will be sufficient. If you get a facial then tip around Rp 25,000. However, these are only suggestions and you leave as much or as little as you like. If you receive fantastic service then feel free to leave a little more.

tip etiquette at restaurants in Indonesia

In Indonesia Tip 10% at a restaurant

When you eat at a restaurant your bill may include a service charge. It will probably be anywhere from 5-10%. If the service charge is added, you will not be expected to leave a gratuity. However, if the service charge is not added, you could leave around 10% of the total bill. Make sure to personally hand the money to the waiting staff to ensure that they receive it. Generally speaking, customer service in Indonesia is most attentive and service staff should not leave you waiting around for their attention for long periods of time.

tips at hotels in Indonesia

In Indonedia don't tip at hotels

Hotels in Indonesia charge a 21% tax. Ten percent goes to the government and 11% is a service charge. Because of this costly tax, tipping is never mandatory. However, if you want to tip any hotel workers you can. Many hotel workers are underpaid so it would be nice to leave a little bit for the housekeeper and the bellman that carries your bags. If you decide to leave a gratuity make sure you hand the money directly to the individual.

should you tip your taxi driver?

In Indonesia Round Up your taxi fare

You do not need to tip taxi drivers unless you want to. The taxis are metered so you only need to pay what the final cost shows. However, many people in Indonesia do tip the taxi driver to the nearest Rp. For example, if the final cost was Rp12,800, you could tip Rp 13,000. If you were happy with your taxi driver and he was extra helpful, you could always tip more.

should you tip your hairdresser

In Indonesia Tip 20,00-50,00Rp for a haircut

If you get your hair cut, coloured, and/or styled expect to tip your hairdresser. A gratuity of between Rp 20,000 and Rp 50,000 will be sufficient. If you are very happy with your hair, feel free to tip even more.

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Do You Tip in Bali 2023? A Complete Guide to Tipping in Bali Successfully

When travelling to a foreign country, it’s important to know the customs and etiquette, including tipping practices. Bali, a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, is no exception. Many visitors to Bali may wonder if tipping is expected or customary, and if so, how much to tip. 

While tipping is not a traditional practice in Bali, it has become more common in recent years due to the influx of tourism. It’s important to note that there is no set rule for tipping in Bali, and it largely depends on the situation and the service provided. 

Some may argue that tipping is unnecessary in Bali, as many service workers are already paid a low wage. However, others may feel that tipping is a way to show appreciation for good service and to support the local economy. Ultimately, the decision to tip or not is up to the individual, and it’s important to be respectful and considerate of local customs and traditions.

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Understanding Tipping in Bali

When it comes to tipping in Bali, it is not always expected or required. However, it is always appreciated when given. Tipping is a way to show gratitude for good service and hospitality. While it is not mandatory, it is a common practice in Bali’s tourism industry. 

Unlike in Western countries, where tipping is a customary practice, tipping in Bali is not mandatory. It is up to the individual to decide whether to tip or not. However, it is important to note that many workers in Bali’s tourism industry rely on tips to supplement their income. 

When it comes to restaurants, many establishments include a service charge of 10% in the bill. This means that tipping is not necessary, but it is still appreciated. If the service charge is not included, a tip of 10-15% is customary. 

When it comes to other services, such as spas, hairdressers, and taxi drivers, tipping is not mandatory, but it is appreciated. A tip of 10-15% is customary for these services as well. 

It is important to note that tipping should be given based on the quality of service provided. If the service was exceptional, a higher tip may be appropriate. However, if the service was poor, tipping is not necessary. 

Overall, tipping in Bali is not mandatory, but it is a way to show appreciation for good service. It is up to the individual to decide whether to tip or not, but it is important to remember that many workers in Bali’s tourism industry rely on tips to supplement their income. 

Tipping in Restaurants

How much to tip in restaurants.

In Bali, tipping in restaurants is not mandatory, but it is appreciated. The amount to tip depends on the level of service provided. If the service is excellent, a tip of 10% of the total bill is appropriate. If the service is average, a tip of 5% is sufficient. However, if the service is poor, it is not necessary to leave a tip.

When to Tip in Restaurants

Tipping in Bali is usually done at the end of the meal when paying the bill. It is customary to leave the tip in cash rather than adding it to the credit card payment. If you are unsure whether to leave a tip or not, you can ask the waiter or waitress if they accept tips.

It is important to note that some restaurants in Bali include a service charge in the bill. In this case, it is not necessary to leave an additional tip. You can check the menu or ask the waiter or waitress if a service charge has been included.

Overall, tipping in restaurants in Bali is a personal decision. If you feel that the service provided was exceptional, leaving a tip is a great way to show your appreciation.

Tipping for Other Services

When it comes to tipping for other services in Bali, the general rule is to tip if you feel like the service was exceptional. It is not expected but is always appreciated.

Tipping for Tour Guides

If you have a tour guide in Bali, it is customary to tip them at the end of the tour. The amount you tip can vary depending on the length of the tour and the level of service provided. A typical tip is around 10% of the total cost of the tour.

Tipping for Housekeeping

If you are staying in a hotel or villa in Bali, it is common to leave a small tip for the housekeeping staff. This can be around 10,000 to 20,000 IDR per day of your stay. You can leave the tip on the bedside table or desk with a note thanking them for their service.

Tipping for Spa Services

If you are getting a massage or other spa service in Bali, it is customary to tip the therapist. A typical tip is around 10% of the total cost of the service. However, some spas may include a service charge in the bill, so it is always best to check before tipping.

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When Not to Tip in Bali

While tipping is generally appreciated in Bali, there are some situations where it is not necessary or even discouraged:

  • At Local Markets: Bargaining is a common practice in Bali’s markets, and the price you agree upon is the final price. Tipping the vendor may be seen as insulting or unnecessary.
  • At Warungs: Warungs are small, family-owned restaurants that serve traditional Balinese cuisine. These establishments often do not include a service charge, but tipping is not expected.
  • At Small Accommodations: If you are staying in a homestay or small guesthouse, tipping is not necessary. The staff members are often family or friends of the owner and are not paid a wage.
  • For Basic Services: Tipping for basic services such as filling up your petrol tank, buying a ticket, or using a public restroom is not expected.

It is important to note that while tipping is not always necessary, it is still important to treat service workers with respect and gratitude. A simple thank you or smile can go a long way.

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Easy Tips and Tricks for Tipping in Bali | 2023

  • May 24, 2023

As well as the stunning beaches and incredible scenery, one of the biggest draws to Bali – and my favourite thing about the island – is the friendly locals . Always with a smile on their face and offering a helping hand, nothing is too much of a bother.

Whether it’s hotel staff, taxi drivers, restaurant waiters or spa therapists, their curious questions and friendly temperaments allow you to feel comfortable and welcomed.

So, considering all this about the lovely Balinese people, how much should you tip for good service?

The tipping culture in Bali isn’t mandatory (although some restaurants in the main tourist areas may have a service charge included in the bill). In general you can choose to tip, or not, and no-one will be chasing after you.

It’s worth considering that monthly wages are extremely low in the service industry. If you can spare the extra cash, I recommend tipping for every service you receive – good and mediocre alike.

Here are some super easy tips for tipping in Bali.

When and How Much to Tip in Bali?

Tipping in bali restaurants.

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When you are eating in established restaurants in Bali, it is more than likely that a service charge has been included in your total bill – on these occasions you don’t have to add any extra. But, if you really loved your server, adding some extra cash when returning your check is a nice way to thank them.

There is no specific percentage or amount outlined for tipping, even just a ‘keep the change’ will be highly appreciated.

It is different for local warungs or cafes as they don’t usually include a service charge. Although it is not expected, adding a little extra when you settle your bill will let them know you loved their food and service.

Just remember, you won’t be shunned or chased down the street if you have nothing extra to tip.

Tipping in Bali Accommodations

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Bali hotels generally include a service charge in their price, so there is no requirement for additional tipping. However, if you receive an excellent service from a certain bellboy, doorman or housekeeper you can hand over a little bit extra for their troubles.

Once again, this is not an expectation so there is no required amount or percentage, it depends on the length of your stay. I would recommend starting at IDR 50.000 for one-off generous tips, and IDR 30.000/day for maid services.

Private villas in Bali can differ slightly as the owner may ask you to leave a reasonable tip for their staff upon checkout – make sure to ask when you book!

Tipping Drivers in Bali

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After a long day of touring the island, visiting the tourist sites and taking part in activities you are bound to be exhausted – and so will your driver! It is customary to add an extra IDR 100.000 to your driver’s fee as well as cover at least one of their meals throughout the day.

Inviting your driver to join you for a snack, or asking if they have eaten, will be just as appreciated as handing over a big tip.

When you arrange a trip with a driver, be sure to check that petrol is included in the price, or you may be expected to pay extra for that too.

With taxi drivers in Bali I would recommend topping up the total to the nearest 10.000 and letting them keep the change. If your fare is IDR 28.000, and you’ve handed over IDR 30.000, the driver won’t expect to return the change.

Tipping Tour Guides in Bali

If you choose to hire a tour guide for your adventure around the island, they are likely to act as your translator, barter-er, guide and security – with so many roles, they deserve a little extra.

Similar to a driver, adding an extra IDR 100.000 to their fee will show your appreciation for their exceptional service.

And, of course, as with all the others, tipping in Bali is not mandatory, just a kind gesture. If you don’t have the extra cash on you, or you weren’t impressed with the service, don’t tip.

Tipping at Spas in Bali

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Relaxing days at a Bali spa is one of the best pastimes during an island trip. Treat yourself to an intense Balinese massage with calming music playing, the room is filled with incense and a therapist that knows where to work your kinks and knots.

At high-end spas, it is likely that a service charge is already included in the price. But at the smaller, more local spots, adding an extra IDR 50.000 will thrill the therapist while not breaking the bank.

After you have been treated so well throughout your appointment, it is only fair to give a little back.

Tipping Delivery Drivers in Bali

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For the lucky ones who are returning guests to Bali or one of the long-timers, you are bound to have heard – and actively used – the applications GO-JEK or Grab .

Able to deliver anything your heart requires right to your doorstep, it is – in my opinion – the best apps on my phone.

Along with the delivery will come a friendly driver to hand over the goods before going off to his next job. Tipping these helpful folk with an extra IDR 20.000 or so will make their day, as well as earn you a high rating on the app! During the rainy season in Bali, when the driver arrives sodden and wet, I usually tip a little bit extra.

Final Thoughts

There is no exact science to the practice, but if you are capable and happy to, tipping will help out the local Balinese workers, as well as let their bosses know they are doing a good job.

A little can go a long way on the island, you don’t need to hand over stacks of cash, just a simple small bill here and there makes a difference. It also ensures that if you are ever to return to that restaurant, or use that driver again, you will be well looked after.

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Tipping in Bali: Do You Do It? How Much?

Posted on Last updated: July 28, 2023

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When it comes to tipping in Bali, there is a lot of confusion out there on the subject. So many questions. Do you tip in Bali? If so, how much should you tip?

Do you tip in Bali? We answer all of the questions about tipping in Bali.

If you’re coming from the US, Europe or other countries where it is customary to tip as much as 10-20% for all services rendered then you’re going to want to pay attention to this article so you’ll be up to speed about tipping in Bali.

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Is it Customary to Tip in Bali?

First off, Bali is a beautiful island in Indonesia known for its gorgeous beaches, surfing, vibrant nightlife and stunning landscapes. It’s a place that is often on the bucket list of many travelers from all over the world.

Bali is known as a top travel destination but do you need to tip in Bali? We are answering all of the tipping in Bali questions.

But, one of my favorite things about Bali is the friendly locals. The Balinese people are some of the nicest, most helpful and hospitable people I’ve ever met while traveling.

With that being said, it is NOT customary to tip in Bali.

You’re not going to find too many locals running around asking for tips like you would in other parts of the world such as Europe or the United States.

However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t tip if you received great service. It’s always appreciated, but not expected.

How Much Should You Tip in Bali?

So, now that we’ve answered the question of whether or not to tip in Bali, let’s talk about how much you should tip if you decide to do so.

As I mentioned earlier, tipping is not customary in Bali and you will not find too many locals asking for tips. However, if you received great service and would like to show your appreciation, a small tip is always appreciated.

Let’s talk specifics about how much to tip service providers if you decide to do so.

Tipping in Bali: Massage or Spa

One of the most popular activities in Bali is to head to the spa for a relaxing treatment or massage. Especially after a long flight over or after a busy day exploring this beautiful island.

We are answering all of the question about do you tip in bali for massage.

Bali is well known for its tranquil spas and generous offerings of body treatments. If you decide to indulge in a massage or other spa service while in Bali, it is not customary to tip the service provider. Most of the larger spas will already have a service charge (usually 10%) added to the bill.

However, if a service charge is not added in and/or you would like to show your appreciation feel free to leave a little extra for their effort. If I find myself in this situation I will usually leave a 10-20% tip. It is almost always received with surprise and not expectation.

Keep in mind that most massages and spa treatments in Bali are very reasonably priced, to begin with, so you’re not going to be breaking the bank for these services.

Tipping in Bali: Hotel

Tipping at your hotel or other accommodation in Bali is not required or expected especially since there is nearly always a service charge added to your bill to cover these services. But, if you received exemplary service and would like to show your appreciation, a small tip is always appreciated.

I generally don’t leave tips for day-to-day services such as housekeeping but if they go above and beyond then I will leave a few extra dollars. For example, if they bring extra towels or anything else that I request without any hesitation then I will leave a tip.

The same goes for the concierge staff or anyone else at the hotel who goes out of their way to help me with anything I need during my stay. A small tip is always appreciated but not expected.

Tipping in Bali: Driver

It is pretty common to hire a private driver to take you around Bali for a day or a half day. This is one situation in which I almost always give a little extra at the end of the service. Not a lot, usually about 50,000 or 100,000, equivalent to $3-6 dollars.

Also, for full-day trips, I will often offer to pay for their lunch or buy them a snack or a drink just to show appreciation for their effort. Sometimes they accept sometimes they don’t but these gestures often go a long way to enhance the experience for everyone.

Tipping in Bali: Tour Guide

I treat tipping the tour guides very similarly to the way I would a driver. Depending on the length of the tour and the services rendered I usually tip accordingly.

It is not uncommon to have “tour guides” available at the waterfalls and other attractions to help show you around. We are very much do-it-yourself type adventurers and usually don’t accept a guide unless it is required like at Aling Aling Waterfall. In this case we usually tip a couple of dollars if they do help to add something to our experience.

Tipping in Bali: Restaurant

When eating at restaurants there will likely be an additional service charge added to the bill and in this case, there is no need to leave a tip. But, if you feel like the service was above and beyond then for sure leave a little extra if you like. Not necessary to leave much, I usually will leave my smaller bills (like 5,000, 10,000, or 20,000) if I have them. Usually equates to about a dollar.

All about do you tip in Bali restaurants.

The smaller local warungs and cafes usually don’t have a service charge added in so I usually will tip a little extra to show that I appreciate their food and service. Even if you just do a keep-the-change thing it will go a long way and if you ever go back you are likely to receive a little extra care.

Just remember that tipping is not expected and no one will come chasing you down if you don’t leave a tip.

Final Thoughts: Tipping in Bali

When it comes to tipping in Bali, the general rule of thumb is that if a service charge hasn’t been added, feel free to leave a little extra for good service. However, you should note that most massages and spa treatments here are already reasonably priced, so you’re not going to be breaking the bank.

Keep in mind that hotel staff – such as housekeepers or concierge – usually don’t expect tips, but they will certainly appreciate them if you decide to give them some extra cash.

Drivers and tour guides are also usually happy with a small tip at the end of the service.

Restaurants in Bali typically add a service charge to your bill, so no additional tipping is necessary. However, if the service was exceptional, feel free to leave a little extra money.

=>In short: tipping is not obligatory in Bali but it’s always nice to show your appreciation for good service with a token of gratitude.

FAQ: Tipping in Bali

Is it customary to tip in bali.

No, it is not customary to tip in Bali. However, it’s always appreciated when you show your gratitude with a little extra money. Keep in mind that no one will come chasing you down if you don’t leave a tip, but it’s always nice to show your appreciation for good service with a token of gratitude.

Do you tip at restaurants in Bali?

Tipping is not obligatory at Bali restaurants, as most of them add a service charge to the bill. However, if the service was exceptional, feel free to leave a little extra to show how much you appreciated their service.

How much do you tip villa staff in Bali?

There is typically a service charge of around 10% already added to the total bill. So it is not necessary but, if you are happy with the service, you can certainly leave a little extra.

Sometimes with villas, there is not an additional service charge added in. In this case, if the service was great I usually will leave 50,000 or 100,000. It is also a good idea to ask the villa owner what is expected as far as gratuity for the staff.

How much do you tip a porter in Bali?

Again, it’s not expected but if you have lot of luggage or they go above and beyond I will often tip around 10,000 – 50,000 IDR (which is about $1-3 USD).

Just remember that tipping is not obligatory, so don’t feel like you have to give them anything if you can’t afford it or if you feel like they didn’t do a good job.

How much do you tip a hairstylist or barber in Bali?

Check to see if there is a service charge already added to the final bill. If not or you want to leave a little extra go for it! I really care about my hair and go to the same hairstylist over and over. I typically leave an extra 10-15%.

Barbers in Bali typically charge around 100,000 IDR (which is about $6.50 USD) for a haircut. So, if you’re happy with the service, leave an extra 20,000 or 25,000.

Do you tip a delivery driver in Bali?

If you’re familiar at all with Indonesia then you probably know all about GoJek and Grab delivery services. If not, you need to know that GoJek and Grab can deliver food or other items directly to your door and are usually fast!

The apps that you use will have the option to leave a little tip at the end or you can give them some cash. If the service was good and everything arrives quickly and as it should I will typically give an extra 2-5,000 tip which is less than 50 cents. But, they don’t expect it but you will make their day and reward them for a job well done!

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Tips And Tipping In Bali: Everything You Need To Know About Island Tip Culture

Thinking about leaving a small tip for exceptional service in Bali but you’re not sure whether you will offend somebody?

Well, the good news is that tipping in Bali operates on some very simple rules and you should soon be an expert in when to leave a little extra cash and when not to.

Is Tipping In Bali Mandatory?

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No. In fact, many visitors and locals will never leave a tip for anything. There is no culture of tipping that is native to Indonesia.

However, it’s nice to provide a tip if Balinese people provide a great service at a fair price and given the state of local wages, a little extra cash can go a long way.

Just be aware that in tourist areas, many businesses have built-in service charges and these are levied at a percentage of the total cost of the service.

If you’ve paid a service charge then the money should go to your server and there’s no need to leave any extra unless you are particularly delighted with an individual’s efforts.

What Sort Of Tip Should I Give In Bali?

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While excellent service is always something to be praised there are different standards for tipping in Bali depending on what service you have received.

So, we’ve broken them each down by the service provided below.

Tipping Your Masseur Or Spa Service

One of the big reasons to come to Bali is its incredible array of super relaxing spas and whether you opt for a massage or other spa service, you’re going to end up thinking about tipping at these places.

Firstly, check the bill for a service charge. Many premium and big-name spas add a 10% charge to the bill and you don’t need to tip at all if this is the case.

If there is no charge, then a 10% tip is about right. There’s no need to leave much more than that and it will always be gratefully received.

Tipping In Bali: What To Do About Hotel Staff?

Hotel workers don’t expect tips and generally speaking, most people in Bali don’t tip unless the staff go above and beyond the call of duty.

It’s fine to offer, for example, housekeeping staff a few extra bucks if they bring some extra towels on request after you’ve spent a day on the gorgeous beaches of Bali , but there’s no need for additional tipping just because they cleaned your room, that’s their job.

Tipping Your Drivers

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Taxi Drivers, Grab Drivers, and Private Drivers all provide an equivalent service but for different periods of time.

With a Grab or Taxi driver, we’d round to the nearest 10,000 IDR unless you’ve had a very long journey.

For a private driver, we’d offer 50,000-100,000 IDR a day for tips (it’s nice to offer to buy their lunch and provide a few snacks along the way too).

Tipping In Bali How To Handle Tour Guides

Tour guides tend to fall in a similar category to drivers in our book and you should tip a tour guide around 50,000 – 100,000 IDR for a good day’s work.

However, we don’t tip tour guides who hassle us outside of temples and waterfalls.

In fact, we won’t engage that kind of “tour guide” at all, you should expect guides to be trained and knowledgeable rather than someone expecting to make a quick buck by badgering naive tourists.

Tipping In Bali: Restaurants And The Service Charge

Most restaurants in tourist areas will add a service charge. This is usually 10% and it is meant to go to the staff and not into the pockets of the owner.

However, it’s fine to leave a small tip in addition to the service charge if you want to (most people will round their bill off) to show your gratitude.

In some smaller restaurants, there is no service charge and in these places, no tip is expected and it might even be misunderstood if you do tip.

This group of workers is often attached to a spa and thus, there may be a service charge on the bill already.

However, if there is no such charge, you should leave a small tip that is proportional to the bill that you received.

Tipping In Bali: Dealing With Delivery Drivers

Delivery drivers unlike others working in transportation services don’t really expect a tip but tipping drivers for Grab deliveries and the like is a kind thing to do.

We’d round off the bill to the nearest 10,000 IDR, there’s no need to go overboard unless they’ve really put themselves out (if you ordered from a restaurant on the other side of the island, for example, you might want to go give a bigger tip no matter what the total bill looks like).

Places Not To Tip In Bali

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While it’s fair to say that while local customs may not include tipping, a tip is often appreciated when offered with sincerity in Bali.

However, there are places where you shouldn’t tip and might even be perceived as a show-off if you try to tip in them.

Local Markets

You’re meant to haggle in Bali for goods and services at a market and the final price is what’s meant to be paid.

While the person you’re haggling with may be paid extremely low wages (or they may not, shopkeepers are often reasonably well off) they don’t see themselves in the same position as others in the service industry and a tip is considered to be an outright insult.

If they needed a tip for good service, they’d have built it in during the negotiations over price. So, next time you’re  at Nusa Dua Night Market , keep the tips for later. 

Local Warungs

There is rarely any service charge levied in a warung, but that doesn’t mean that you’re expected to leave a tip.

The charges at these places are designed to ensure that every member of the family running it gets paid their fair share of the profits.

Guesthouses And Homestays

Strangely, many of the “workers” at small guesthouses or homestays aren’t employees, they’re helping out the owner who is usually a friend or family member.

They might be insulted if you were to tip them for work that they don’t consider to be work.

Basic Services

Nobody in Bali tips for basic services such as a gas station attendant filling their tank or for using a public restroom. It’s probably best not to instil new expectations for tipping here.

Note: Even if a tip isn’t required, it’s simply polite to treat everyone you encounter who provides a service with respect and to show gratitude for a job well done. Don’t be cheap with smiles and “thank yous”.

How Much Do We Tip In Bali?

You can tip whoever you want in Bali as much as you want. However, you should check to see if there’s a service charge included as you don’t want to pay for a tip twice in most instances.

However, it’s best to keep the amount small and 10% of a bill is the most you would normally tip unless the service was completely out of this world.

In many cases, rounding the bill to the nearest 10,000 IDR or leaving 50,000 – 100,00 IDR is more than enough.

Is There A Tipping Culture In Bali?

No. In fact, there’s no culture of tipping in Bali or in Southeast Asia as a whole. That doesn’t mean that your tips aren’t appreciated, they very much are – but it does mean they’re not expected or essential.

What Is A Normal Tip In Bali?

It varies based on the service provided, but 10% in spas and restaurants would be about right, and for most other professions a small 50,000 IDR or a rounding of the bill is considered generous.

Is 50,000 IDR A Good Tip In Bali?

Yes. The minimum wage here in Bali is about 11,000 IDR (as we go to press in 2024) an hour. That means a 50,000 IDR tip is equivalent to half a day’s wages for many workers.

That shouldn’t stop you from being more generous if you feel so inclined, but it should help you keep perspective on the value of your tips here in Bali.

Is It Rude Not To Tip In Bali?

No, absolutely not. There is no requirement to tip in local culture and it is always treated as a pleasant surprise when someone does tip in Balil.

How To Book A Holiday In Bali?

If you want to spend some time in Bali practising your newfound tipping skills, we recommend that you book your holiday through the Bali Res Centre .

That’s a specialist local travel agent that always gets you a competitive deal on hotels, flights and tours here in Bali. And there’s definitely no need to tip your travel agent.

Final Thoughts On Tipping In Bali

Life in Bali is very much hassle-free compared to other countries and in common practice, the friendly locals don’t expect tips and don’t give tips, either.

However, tips are highly appreciated as a general rule for good service and leaving a small tip won’t harm anyone.

If you think the service provided merits a tip, then feel free to reward the service workers with a little extra but try not to go overboard, this isn’t America and tipping a large percentage of the total bill is entirely unnecessary.

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How to tip in Indonesia?

In indonesia it is common to show your appreciation by giving a tip..

This is seen as a normal part of the reward system. It is useful to keep some small change for tipping (notes of 5,000 and 10,000 rupiahs) in your pocket. Of course, giving a tip is never mandatory, but it is certainly appreciated.

The following amounts are general guidelines; your tip will of course mainly depend on your satisfaction:

  • At the hotel your suitcase is often carried to your room for you. It is customary to tip around 5,000 to 10,000 rupiahs per suitcase.
  • At the station 10,000 rupiahs per suitecase is normal.
  • In restaurants, often the tip is already included in the price, or you automatically pay extra for tipping when paying. If the tip is not yet included in the bill, 10% is normal.
  • For guides at sightseeings sites it is normal to give around 30,000 rupiah (or 100,000 rupiah for the entire day).

If you are unsure whether a tip is appropriate in a certain situation, you can always ask your driver for advice.

In Indonesia there is no social safety net. The moment someone cannot turn to family when ill or unemployed, there is no income. Many of these unfortunates take the opportunity to provide small services. Keep this in mind when you take a picture of someone, or if someone helps you cross the road, but never feel obliged to tip: Most people in Indonesia are very friendly and are happy to help you, whether they receive a tip or not.

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A Guide to Tipping for Travelers

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Tipping correctly can save you time, embarrassment, and money. While traveling, many people will offer their services to help make life easier, but it can sometimes be hard to tell who's just doing their job and who expects a tip.

Tipping is payment for a service rendered, but tipping can also be an act of gratitude for someone who goes beyond the call of duty, like a concierge securing front-row seats to the hottest show in town. Choosing not to tip will send a clear message that you have been dissatisfied with the service you've received.

These tipping guidelines are for the United States only. Expectations (and tipping amounts) can vary quite a bit from country to country. Check the travel guide for the particular country you will be visiting for the proper tipping etiquette.

Hotels and Resorts

Occasionally, you might stay at a hotel or resort with a no-tipping policy. In this case, you might find that you are already paying for service by way of a resort fee or service charge added your final bill.

  • When valeting your car, tip $1 to $2 to the attendant when he retrieves your car. You can also tip when dropping your car off, but this is optional.
  • You don't need to tip the doorman when he opens the door for you, but if he hails you a cab, you should tip $1 to $2.
  • Tip bellhops and luggage porters $1 to $2 for every bag they bring up to your room. At a luxury hotel, you might tip more, as much as $5 per bag.
  • For housekeeping, leave a daily tip of $1 to $5 per day, depending on the type of hotel and the size of the mess you've made.
  • If you order room service, you'll find most hotels already include a service charge on the bill. If there's no service charge, tip 15 percent.
  • The hotel concierge exists to help guests, so it's not necessary to tip if they give you directions or make a restaurant recommendation. However, if the service has been especially valuable, such as getting reservations to a restaurant that claims to be totally booked, tipping $5 to $20 is reasonable.
  • Be sure to check out our guide for tipping in Las Vegas as well.

In general, more and more cruise lines are moving away from traditional tipping and adding service charges, which will be split evenly among the crew. It varies from line to line, so make sure to ask about their tipping policy before you book your next cruise.

  • If the cruise line automatically adds the service charge to your account, you may be able to adjust it lower or higher as you deem necessary. The recommended amount is $10 to $20 per passenger for every day of your cruise.
  • Baggage handlers work for the port and not the cruise ship, so you should tip $1 to $2 per bag or $4 to $5 per party.
  • Like at a hotel, you can leave $1 to $5 per day for housekeeping in your cabin.
  • You will most likely have different servers every day, but if there is someone that stands out (like a bartender who remembers your drink order), feel free to hand them a small token of appreciation.
  • Upon any delivery to your cabin, like room service or a special request, you should tip $1 to $3 per visit depending on how much you order.
  • Tipping the head waiter isn't necessary, but you can give $5 to $10 if they accommodate a special request or go above and beyond.
  • Onshore excursions, you should tip your guides based on the level of personalization from $2 to $10.
  • For children's club counselors, tipping is not necessary.
  • It's the ship captain's job to command the ship and, occasionally, socialize with guests. Tipping is not necessary and would most likely be refused.

Restaurants and Bars

Whether you're enjoying a night out on the town or just popping down to the hotel lounge for a nightcap, standard tipping practices still apply when you're traveling.

  • Tip your server 15 percent to 20 percent of the bill based on the pre-tax total of the bill or more if you enjoyed the service. If a service charge has already been included, feel free to leave without tipping.
  • Bartenders should be tipped $1 per drink served, even if they're just pouring beer or wine.
  • Tip the sommelier 10 percent of your wine costs, even if it's a less expensive vintage.
  • If there is a bathroom attendant, who doesn't just hand out towels but also keeps the bathroom clean, drop a few coins in the tip jar or tip $1 per visit.
  • When collecting your things at the coat check, tip $1 per item checked.

Transportation

Depending on how you choose to get around when you travel, you might be expected to tip.

  • It's customary to tip cab drivers 15 percent to 20 percent of the fare.
  • If you use a rideshare app like Uber or Lyft, you're not obligated to tip the driver, but it's considerate to give $1 to $2 for a short trip or more for a long-haul ride.
  • If you arrange an airport shuttle transfer, tip $1 for every bag handled.
  • Tip limousine drivers 15 percent to 20 percent, unless a service charge is included.

How much you tip a tour guide varies depending on the tour's length, size, and overall quality. In most countries, tipping your guide at the end of a tour is standard practice and will be rarely turned down.

  • For a tour that only lasts a few hours, tip your guide 10 percent to 20 percent the cost of the tour. How much you tip also depends on the size of your tour, so you should tip more for a more personalized experience.
  • For a multi-day tour, you should tip your guide $5 to $10 per day on the last day.
  • If there was a driver in addition to a guide, tip them $1 to $5 per day.
  • For free tours, which are offered in many large cities , you should tip between $5 to $10, depending on the quality of the tour.

Spas and Salons

If you purchase an individualized service at a spa or salon, you'll be expected to leave a tip. Some spas might already include a service charge, so make sure to ask about this at the front desk when you go to pay.

  • For a spa treatment like a massage or a facial, tip 15 percent to 20 percent if no service fee has been included. If you're getting the treatment at a discount, your tip should be based on the original price.
  • There's no need to tip if you're visiting a spa with common facilities like saunas or hot springs without purchasing an extra treatment.
  • Medical spas might have more complicated treatments, like botox injections. Usually, tipping is not allowed for these kinds of services.
  • Hairstylists and manicurists should be tipped at 15 percent to 20 percent.
  • If someone else washes your hair, you can give them a $1 to $5.

Golf Courses

If you decide to go for a round of golf on vacation, you might run into these tipping scenarios.

  • On a golf course, the bag boy takes your clubs when you arrive and sets them up in a golf cart for you. He will also wipe them down before you leave, so tip $1 to $2 on arrival and $2 to $5 as you leave.
  • If you arrive without a tee time and the starter fits you in, you can tip them $1 to $5.
  • Caddies should be tipped 50 percent of the caddie fee, adjusted higher or lower for your satisfaction with their service.
  • A forecaddie works for a group of golfers and should be tipped $20 to $25 per player.

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Bali for First Timers: Everything You Need To Know

Traveling to Bali has become a bucket-list item for most millennials. From volcanoes rising from the sea, to the deeply-rooted spirituality, Bali offers a savage energetic atmosphere that is a plus for any millennial.

This stunning paradise is known for its peaceful beaches, spiritual connection, tropical landscapes, and exotic cuisine that might make you rethink changing the date on your return ticket, and is unquestionably one of the best places to visit in Indonesia so it’s no wonder that so many people are travelling to Bali for the first time.

  • First Timers Guide to Bali
  • Things to know before traveling to Bali
  • Tipping in Bali
  • What to buy in Bali
  • What to do in Bali

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  • Where to go in Bali (Bali Itinerary)

But like anywhere else, you might run into a couple of obstacles like where to go in Bali, tipping in Bali, and things to do and not to do, and most importantly, what to pack for Bali.

Everything you need to know for your trip to Bali as a first timers, including what to do, and what tipping in Bali is like.

BALI TRAVEL GUIDE FOR FIRST TIMERS

With the amount of media recent media, we assume that Bali is on everyone’s list,  every digital nomad seems to want to consider Bali a base, and everyone is considering Bali as a honeymoon destination . (Surprisingly, it even makes a great travel destination if you take your kids to Bali .)

However, if this is your first time heading to this little piece of paradise and you’re putting your Bali itinerary together, then fret not because this Bali travel guide for first timers is designed to make your lavish getaway is a relaxing and fun, hassle-free one.

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After making the trek to Bali half a dozen times, and spending close to 8 months there, here are a few things we wished we knew before our first time in Bali including what to do and what to not do in Bali.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO BALI

Locals Know You’re a Tourist

You stick out like a sore thumb when it’s your first time, which means you’ll wind up being hunted down by dozens of street vendors the moment you walk out of your hotel. The easiest way to navigate the situation is to be polite and tell them no.

Where To Stay If You Want To Be Near Everything

Bali is huge! But if it’s your first time, stick to South and Central Bali which are full of tourists, great nightlife, and plenty of shopping too. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can tackle the entire island on your first time traveling to Bali.

Kuta, is great if you love to party and want the option to spice things up after hitting the beach. Just don’t forget to go wild at the Sky Garden Bali, where you can drink and dance the night away. Seminyak offers tourists some amazing beaches and watersports as well.

But if you want to go surfing, then you’ll definitely want to do it on the Uluwatu Beach, or you can just bask in the gorgeous sunset by the Uluwatu Temple and enjoy the panoramic cliff tops.

On the other hand, if pristine is more your gig, then pristine is what you’ll get in the region of Jimbaran, where you not only get to stay at 5-star hotel resorts, but you’ll get to enjoy some delicious seafood dishes like lobsters and oysters, while embracing the lavish local culture.

Find out if tipping in Bali is a thing in this first timers guide to Bali complete with a Bali itinerary.

TIPPING IN BALI

While tipping in Bali is considered to be a western concept, and not mandatory, it is generally appreciated by the service staff.  Regardless of whether it’s your first time traveling to Bali or you’re a veteran, you will notice that there is a 10% service charge that shows up on the invoice, it normally either goes to the government or to the establishment, and not the staff ( are paid extremely low wages).

When it comes to tipping in Bali, understanding the local customs can ensure a smooth and respectful experience. While tipping is not mandatory in Bali, it is appreciated for exceptional service. Whether you’re dining at a local warung, enjoying a spa treatment, or using transportation services, it’s helpful to know the standard rules when it comes to tipping in Bali.

Restaurants and Cafes: In most restaurants and cafes, a service charge of 10% is often included in the bill. If the service charge is not included, it is customary to leave a small tip of around 5-10% of the total bill as an appreciation for the attentive service.

Spa and Wellness Services : If you receive a massage, spa treatment, or other wellness services, it is common to leave a tip for the therapist or practitioner. A tip of 10-15% is appreciated, but be sure to check if a service charge has already been included.

Tour Guides and Drivers : When hiring a tour guide or driver for excursions or transportation, tipping is not mandatory but highly appreciated. Consider tipping around 5-10% of the total cost or offering a small amount for exceptional service.

Hotel Staff : Hotel staff members, such as housekeepers or bellboys, appreciate tips for their services. Leaving a small amount of 10,000-20,000 IDR per day for housekeeping or a few dollars for bellboys is customary.

Local Services : When using local services like taxis or ride-hailing apps, tipping is not expected but rounding up the fare can be a courteous gesture. For example, if the fare is 50,000 IDR, rounding up to 55,000 IDR is a kind way to show appreciation.

Remember, while tipping in Bali is similar to tipping elsewhere – a way to express gratitude, it is important to be mindful of the local customs and your own budget. The most important thing is to be respectful and appreciative of the service provided. By understanding the tipping etiquette in Bali, you can enhance your experience and show your gratitude to the hardworking individuals who contribute to making your visit memorable.

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WHAT TO BUY IN BALI

We’re the Type A is us always wants to be over prepared and pack everything, switching to carry-on life has made it really easy to evaluate what we need to lug from home, and what we can buy when we land. And Bali is one of those places where it’s cheaper and easier to purchase what you need than pay the extra fees and bring things from home.

As always, remember to leave room in your luggage for your new goodies! Still not sure what to buy in Bali and what to bring from home? Here are a few things we’ve picked up on our travels there!

  • Swimsuits / beach cover-ups
  • Flip-flops / sandals
  • Handmade jewelry
  • Aloe vera / sunscreen /Coconut oil

There are so many places to shop in Bali- from smaller shops to huge malls- our favorites being in Kuta and Seminyak. While shopping center have set prices, you can negotiate in the smaller stalls to get better prices. Also, always remember to convert the amounts in your head to make sure that you’re getting a great deal.

Find out how to put together your Bali itinerary for first timers. Things to know include what to do in Bali, how much to tip in Bali, and where to go to relax.

WHAT TO DO IN BALI

Obviously, how you structure your Bali itinerary is going to depend on what your interests are,  and how much time you have to spend there, but there a few things that you should know before travelling to Bali for the first time to ensure that your time there is magical as expected.

The Exchange Rate Is Your Buddy

You might not translate well, but your money will. Many tourists from the U.S., New Zealand, and even Australia will be happy to know that their dollars will convert nicely thanks to the exchange rate. But if you’re not sure, you can always check on XE Converter to see if your currency holds water in Bali. Be sure to call your credit card company or bank first. While cash is the preferred the method for tipping in Bali, enough places do accept credit cards that having a no fee card like Wise might be worth checking out. 

The Cost Of Living Is Low

The cost of living is so low, that you can stay in Bali for a whole month if you’d like. It’ll only set you back about $600 a month, which is definitely cheaper than rent in most cities in the west. The most inexpensive restaurant meal costs about 266 IDR, which is about $2, and a Domestic beer will cost about just as much.

Overall, the cost of living in Bali is significantly less than in New York. Now that’s a cost you can sink our teeth into. Remember this when you’re thinking about how much to tip in Bali.

Temple Etiquette: You Might Need a Sarong            

Bali is a deeply spiritual place, so when you enter a temple, think of it as an invite to someone’s home. This means there are certain rules you must obey. So, before you enter any Hindu temple, you’ll need to wear a sarong or a sash to cover your legs below the knees, regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman. But don’t expose too much of your upper body either, and that includes bare shoulders. You can rent a sarong and a sash at relatively cheap prices, or you can buy your own if you’re planning on going to several temples.

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Don’t Drink The Water

Bali is beautiful, but the Indonesian sanitation and waste disposal standards are not up to 1 st world standards and the risk of chemical, metal, and biological contaminants are high, so choose bottled water just to be safe. This tip applies regardless to everyone and not only meant as a Bali for first timers warning.

Put Your Safety At Risk

While most of us from the West don’t really think of travel insurance as an essential item on our list or a big part of our Bali itinerary planning,  it is one of the most important things you can get for your peace of mind. Travel insurance can not only cover medical emergencies, but also covers any travel mishaps like missed flights, and lost luggage. Traveling to Bali should be a great experience, so having the extra added peace of mind is worth it.

Don’t ride a scooter without a helmet

Jumping on a scooter to get around Bali is a lot easier than trying to hail a cab, however, regardless of whether you rent the scooter in Bali yourself, or use a service, please make sure that you have an international license and use your helmet. We’ve seen far too many injuries.

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WHERE TO GO IN BALI (BALI ITINERARY)

Bali isn’t an enormous island, but it comes with an enormous amount of options that can seem overwhelming. Let’s get you started with this summary, but before jumping on a plane and traveling to Bali, it’s best is to head over to our extensive Bali area guide to see what each corner has to offer!

Bali’s Beaches Are Sublime

If you’re on the hunt for some of the best places to visit in Indonesia, you obviously have Indonesian beaches on your list and that includes Bali. The beauty of Bali’s beaches is immeasurable, so if you love waves, then come to the Ungasun beaches and recharge your batteries.

You’ll also find plenty of hip clubs where you can completely let loose. Plus, the sunset will inspire you to stay up all night just to catch a glimpse of the beautiful sights.

You can also stop by the beaches in the Bukit Peninsula, with waves that are clearer than those on Ungasun. You can also head to south Bali and swim on the clear waters of Jimbaran’s eye-watering beaches. Bali’s beaches will completely exceed your expectations.

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Enjoy The Popular attractions

Go chase a few Bali waterfalls, or take a selfie by the Kintamani volcano and Mount Batur, or another favored tourist destination like the Tegallalang rice terraces in Ubud, which is a sight worth seeing. Even try Ubud’s Monkey Forest, which is a natural forest sanctuary with a horde of grey long-tailed macaques. Or… simply lean back and relax in Canggu .

Everything you need to know about traveling to Bali- including tipping in Bali, places to stay, things to do, and things to eat.

If you’d prefer to splash around without hitting the beach, then you can try the Circus waterpark in Waterbom Bali, or the New Kuta Green Park, which provides loads of fun. Just don’t forget to visit the Puka Mandala temple or the Bakra Sandhi Monument, and while you’re at it, why not pamper yourself at the Ritz Carlton Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort ?

Because one of the best reasons of traveling to Bali is being able to ball on a budget and experience luxury at affordable and reasonable rates. 

When it comes to cultural hotspots, luxurious accommodations , unbelievable beaches , there’s no greater place in the world than Bali, so regardless of whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned veteran, you can find something new to fill your Bali itinerary every time you go there.

An insiders guide to Bali for first timers, including what to do, where to go in Bali.

Marissa is a scientist, sports lover, traveler, tech executive, and baked goods enthusiast. Currently based between Toronto, NYC, and LA, she calls all three places home throughout the year. She has lived in seven countries and explored countless more as a long-term visitor. You can find her work on Darling Escapes and around the web.

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Bali is one of the destinations that my wife and I want to do very soon.

We have never thought that this touristy destination would ever captivate our hearts! Bali is love and we can’t wait to return!

I’m going to Bali in september, on a really cool retreat. This itinirary made me look forward to this trip even more! Also that tip on wearing a strong in the temple, good advice! Thank you!

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Tipping in Bali: Guide

  • April 12, 2023

As a world traveler now residing in Bali, I’ve noticed that tipping etiquette can vary greatly from one country to another.

To ensure you navigate this aspect of Balinese culture with ease, I’ve created this guide on how to tip in Bali.

You’ll also learn its nuances, when it’s appropriate to tip, when it’s not and how it compares to other countries.

Is tipping customary in Bali?

While tipping is not as customary in Bali as it is in Western countries, it is becoming increasingly common due to the growing tourism industry. Balinese people are known for their warm hospitality and although tipping isn’t mandatory, it’s a nice way to show your appreciation for exceptional service. As a rule of thumb, if you’re satisfied with the service provided, feel free to leave a tip.

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When to tip in Bali

Tipping is most commonly practiced in hotels, restaurants , bars, and spas. For hotels, it’s appropriate to tip the bellboy, room attendant and any other staff who provide outstanding service. In bars, consider tipping your server or bartender. Finally, in spas, it’s ideal to tip your therapist, especially if you’ve enjoyed a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

When not to tip in Bali

In some situations, tipping is not expected or necessary. For instance, you don’t need to tip taxi drivers, as they usually round up the fare to the nearest thousand rupiahs. Additionally, tipping is not customary in local markets or street food stalls, as prices are generally low, and haggling is the norm.

Tipping Etiquette

Tip is never required. The amount you tip depends on your satisfaction with the service and your budget – it’s completely up to you. Generally, a tip of 5 – 10% of the total bill is appreciated in restaurants and spas, while a smaller amount (around 10,000 to 20,000 rupiahs) is suitable for hotel staff or tour guides.

The most ideal situation to tip is for when you hire a private driver for a full day or longer – driving you all around Bali as effectively your chauffeur (not taxi drivers, in fact, you should avoid taxis at all cost here). These workers deserve a nice big tip.

Another occasion I always tip is to Gojek drivers, whether for food delivery, shipping or transportation – I give what I can to these hardworking but lowly paid workers. The fact that tipping is done seamlessly through the app makes it easy.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you and any amount is appreciated, even the smallest of denominations, but maybe don’t tip with coins.

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Tipping in Bali vs. other countries

Compared to other countries, tipping in Bali is relatively relaxed. In the United States, for example, tipping is expected and in some cases it’s required, with a standard rate of 15-20% for restaurants and a few dollars per service in hotels.

In Europe, tipping varies by country, with some places having a more formal tipping culture (such as France and Italy), while others are more casual (like Spain and Germany). In Asia, tipping customs differ, with some countries like Japan and South Korea considering it rude, while others like Thailand and Indonesia are more receptive to the practice.

Tipping in Bali is not obligatory, but it’s a kind gesture to show your appreciation for excellent service. By following the guidelines in this ultimate guide to tipping in Bali, you’ll be well-prepared to navigate this aspect of Balinese culture, ensuring a pleasant experience for both you and the service providers. Remember, when in doubt, a small tip is always better than no tip at all.

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How Much Should I Tip A Tour Guide

Published: December 12, 2023

Modified: December 28, 2023

by Raf Marchand

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Introduction

When embarking on a guided adventure, whether it’s a hike through the rainforest, a historical tour of ancient ruins, or a safari through the savannah, it’s customary to show appreciation to the tour guide who enhances the experience. However, many travelers often find themselves unsure of how much they should tip their tour guide.

While there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to tipping, there are several factors to consider when determining an appropriate amount. In this article, we will explore these factors and provide some guidance on how to make a fair and reasonable decision. Keep in mind that tipping customs can vary across different countries and regions, so it’s important to take cultural norms into account as well.

Before delving into the specifics of tipping, it’s important to understand the crucial role that a tour guide plays. Tour guides are not only knowledgeable about the destinations they lead tours in, but they are also responsible for ensuring the safety and enjoyment of their guests. They often go above and beyond to provide insightful commentary, answer questions, and create a memorable experience for everyone involved.

When considering how much to tip your tour guide, it’s helpful to know industry standards and recommendations. In some countries, tipping tour guides is a common practice, while in others, it may not be as prevalent. Researching the tipping customs of your destination before you embark on your adventure can provide valuable guidance.

However, keep in mind that there can be regional differences within a country as well. Urban areas may have different tipping norms compared to rural or less touristy regions. Consulting local travel forums or seeking advice from travel experts can offer insight into the appropriate tipping practices of specific areas.

The size of your tour group and the duration of the tour can also influence your tipping decision. If you are part of a small group or a private tour, the guide’s attention may be more personalized, warranting a higher tip. Conversely, if you are part of a large group, individual attention may be limited, and the tip amount can be adjusted accordingly.

Aside from the group size, the quality of service provided by the tour guide should be taken into consideration. Did they go above and beyond to make your experience enjoyable? Did they demonstrate exceptional knowledge and enthusiasm? Consider these factors when determining a tip amount, as a truly exceptional guide may merit a more generous tip.

Factors to Consider

When deciding how much to tip your tour guide, there are several factors to take into account:

  • The quality of service: Consider how knowledgeable, engaging, and accommodating your tour guide was throughout the experience. Did they provide interesting and relevant information? Did they handle any issues or challenges with professionalism and grace? A guide who goes above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction may warrant a higher tip.
  • The duration of the tour: If your tour lasted several hours or even days, it’s important to factor in the length of time the guide dedicated to making your experience enjoyable. A longer tour may require more effort and energy from the guide, which could influence your tip amount.
  • The difficulty or specialized nature of the tour: Some tours may involve more physical exertion, such as hiking or climbing. Others may require specialized knowledge, such as a photography tour or birdwatching expedition. If your guide had to navigate challenging terrain or provide expert insights, it may be appropriate to consider a higher tip.
  • The level of personalization: If your tour was personalized or customized to your interests and preferences, it indicates that the guide put in extra effort to cater to your needs. In such cases, a higher tip could be considered to show appreciation for the personalized attention.
  • The size of the tour group: If you were part of a large group, the guide may have had to manage a larger number of people and may not have been able to provide as much individual attention. In such cases, a smaller tip may be reasonable.
  • Cultural norms and local customs: It’s important to be mindful of the tipping customs in the country or region you are visiting. Some cultures have different perspectives on tipping, and it’s essential to respect and follow their customs.
  • Your budget and financial ability: Ultimately, you should consider your personal financial situation and the overall budget of your trip. While it’s important to show appreciation to your guide, it’s equally important to ensure that your tipping amount is within your means.

By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision about how much to tip your tour guide. Remember, tipping is a gesture of appreciation for the service provided, and even a modest tip can go a long way in showing your gratitude.

Understanding the Role of a Tour Guide

A tour guide plays a vital role in enhancing your travel experience by providing valuable insights, historical context, and expert guidance. They are not simply there to lead you from one point of interest to another; they are storytellers, cultural ambassadors, and facilitators of unforgettable memories.

One of the primary responsibilities of a tour guide is to share their knowledge and expertise about the destination. They are well-versed in the history, culture, and significance of the places they guide you through. With their in-depth understanding, they can bring the landmarks, monuments, and natural wonders to life, enriching your understanding and appreciation of the surroundings.

Beyond their extensive knowledge, tour guides also possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. They are skilled in engaging their audience, adapting their style to suit different groups, and creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. Their ability to connect with travelers and establish a rapport contributes to a more enjoyable and immersive experience.

Furthermore, tour guides are responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of their guests. They are trained to handle emergency situations, navigate challenging terrain, and provide assistance when needed. Whether it’s helping you navigate a crowded marketplace or offering helpful tips on local customs and etiquette, they are there to make your journey as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Another aspect of a tour guide’s role is to act as a cultural ambassador. They introduce you to the customs, traditions, and local way of life, offering insights that go beyond what can be found in guidebooks or online. They may also facilitate interactions with locals, giving you a glimpse into the daily lives of the community you are visiting. This cultural exchange can foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the destination.

A tour guide’s enthusiasm and passion for their work are contagious. Their love for the destination and their genuine excitement in sharing it with others can greatly enhance your overall experience. They may have anecdotal stories, insider tips, or lesser-known facts that can add depth and interest to your journey.

With their vast expertise, interpersonal skills, and passion for their work, tour guides contribute significantly to the success of your adventure. Recognizing and appreciating their role can help you understand the value they bring and guide you in determining an appropriate tip amount.

Industry Standards and Recommendations

While there is no universal standard for tipping tour guides, there are some general recommendations and industry standards that can serve as a helpful guideline. Keep in mind that these recommendations may vary depending on the country or region you are visiting, so it’s important to research the specific customs of your destination.

In many countries, it is customary to tip tour guides as a token of appreciation for their service. The typical range for tipping tour guides is around 10-20% of the total cost of the tour. However, this percentage can be adjusted based on various factors, such as the duration of the tour, the quality of service provided, and the overall cost of the experience.

Sometimes, tour companies include a recommended tip amount in their literature or inform you of the tipping expectations at the beginning of the tour. These recommendations can be a helpful starting point, but it’s important to consider your own experience and the factors mentioned earlier to determine an appropriate tip.

If you are unsure about the tipping customs of a particular country, it’s advisable to consult travel guides, websites, or forums to gather information. Many travel resources provide country-specific information on tipping norms and etiquette.

It’s important to note that some countries or regions may have different cultural norms when it comes to tipping. For example, in some Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea, tipping is not commonly practiced and may even be considered rude. In these cases, it is best to follow the local customs and not feel obligated to tip.

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that some countries have laws or regulations that prohibit or discourage tipping. Be sure to familiarize yourself with any local laws or regulations related to tipping to avoid any unintended consequences.

Overall, it is advisable to use the industry standards and recommendations as a starting point and then consider the specific circumstances of your tour, the quality of service provided, and the local customs to determine an appropriate tip amount. Tipping is a way to show appreciation, and even a modest amount can be a meaningful gesture that recognizes and rewards your tour guide’s efforts.

Regional Differences

When it comes to tipping tour guides, it’s crucial to recognize that regional differences can greatly influence tipping customs. Tipping practices can vary significantly from one country to another, and even within a country, there may be variations based on the region or cultural norms.

In some parts of the world, such as the United States or Canada, tipping tour guides is expected and considered standard practice. In these countries, a common guideline is to tip around 15-20% of the total cost of the tour. However, it’s important to note that these percentages can vary based on the duration and complexity of the tour, as well as the quality of service provided.

On the other hand, in many European countries, tipping tour guides is not as prevalent or expected. In some cases, service charges may already be included in the tour price, eliminating the need for additional tipping. However, if you feel that your guide has provided exceptional service, a small token of appreciation is still appreciated. It’s best to research the specific customs of the country you are visiting to ensure that you are following the appropriate etiquette.

In Asian countries, tipping practices can vary significantly. For instance, in Japan and South Korea, tipping is not commonly practiced and may even be seen as impolite. In contrast, in countries like Thailand and Indonesia, tipping tour guides is appreciated and considered customary. It’s advisable to research the specific customs of each Asian country you visit to understand the appropriate tipping practices.

In Latin American countries, tipping tour guides is generally expected, but the percentages may vary. In countries like Mexico and Costa Rica, it is customary to tip around 10-15% of the tour cost, while in Brazil, a lower percentage of around 5-10% is common. Again, it’s important to research the tipping customs of the specific country you are visiting to ensure that you are following the local practices.

It’s worth mentioning that these are just a few examples, and tipping customs can differ significantly even within regions. For example, tipping practices in urban areas may differ from rural or less touristy regions. Consulting travel forums, checking reliable travel resources, or seeking advice from local experts can provide valuable insights into the tipping customs of specific areas.

Ultimately, being aware of and respecting regional differences is key when tipping tour guides. By familiarizing yourself with the tipping customs of your destination, you can ensure that your tip is appropriate and well-received, reflecting your appreciation for the services provided.

Group Size and Duration of the Tour

When deciding how much to tip your tour guide, it’s important to consider the group size and the duration of the tour. These factors can significantly impact the amount of effort and attention the tour guide needs to give to ensure a memorable experience for everyone.

If you are part of a large group, it’s important to recognize that the tour guide may have to manage more individuals and provide general information to the entire group. In such cases, it may be more challenging for the guide to provide personalized attention to each guest. While the quality of service should always be taken into consideration, it may be reasonable to adjust the tip amount slightly lower in recognition of the larger group size.

Conversely, if you are part of a small group or a private tour, the tour guide may be able to provide a more personalized experience. With a smaller group, the guide can offer individualized attention, answer specific questions, and tailor the tour based on the interests and preferences of the guests. In such cases, it may be appropriate to consider a higher tip amount in appreciation of the enhanced experience and dedicated attention provided.

The duration of the tour is another important factor to consider when determining the tip amount. If you are embarking on a multi-day or extended tour, the tour guide’s commitment and dedication to ensuring your satisfaction may be even greater. Leading a tour for an extended period of time requires additional energy, effort, and expertise from the guide. In such cases, it is reasonable to consider a higher tip amount to recognize the additional work put into making your experience enjoyable throughout the extended duration.

However, it’s important not to solely base your tip amount on the duration of the tour. The quality of service should always be a primary consideration. A shorter tour with exceptional service and attention to detail may warrant a higher tip than a longer tour where the guide did not meet your expectations.

Overall, both the group size and the duration of the tour play a role in determining an appropriate tip amount. It’s essential to consider these factors along with the quality of service provided when making your decision. Remember, while it’s important to reward exceptional service, it’s also important to be fair and reasonable to your guide based on the circumstances of the tour.

Quality of Service

When tipping a tour guide, one of the most important factors to consider is the quality of service provided. The level of service can greatly influence your overall experience and warrant a higher or lower tip amount.

A tour guide who goes above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction deserves recognition and appreciation. Did they demonstrate exceptional knowledge and expertise about the destinations you visited? Were they engaging and enthusiastic, making the tour informative and enjoyable? Did they show attentiveness to the needs and interests of the group?

If the guide provided exceptional service, such as going out of their way to accommodate requests, providing personalized insights, or showing genuine care for your comfort and enjoyment, it may be appropriate to consider a higher tip amount. Recognizing and rewarding excellent service is a way to show appreciation and incentivize tour guides to continue delivering outstanding experiences.

Conversely, if the tour guide’s service fell short of expectations, it may be appropriate to adjust the tip amount accordingly. Did they lack sufficient knowledge or provide inaccurate information? Were they unresponsive to questions or concerns? Were there any instances of unprofessional behavior?

If you feel that the quality of service did not meet your expectations, it’s reasonable to adjust the tip amount accordingly. However, it’s important to remember that everyone can have an off day, and it’s always a good idea to consider the overall experience and not solely base the tip on isolated incidents.

It’s worth noting that communication plays a significant role in evaluating the quality of service. A good tour guide should have clear and effective communication skills, ensuring that important information is relayed accurately and in an engaging manner. They should be able to answer questions, provide guidance, and address any concerns that arise during the tour.

In the end, tipping based on the quality of service is a way to reward tour guides who excel in their roles and provide exceptional experiences. By recognizing their efforts, you contribute to their professional growth and motivate them to continue delivering outstanding service to future travelers.

Cultural Etiquette

When tipping a tour guide, it’s essential to consider the cultural norms and etiquette of the country or region you are visiting. Tipping customs can vary significantly across different cultures, and it’s important to respect and adhere to these practices.

In some countries, tipping may not be expected or may even be considered inappropriate. For example, in Japan, tipping is not a common practice and can be seen as an affront to the service provided. Instead, focusing on expressing gratitude and appreciation verbally or with a small gift is more appropriate in Japanese culture.

On the other hand, in countries like the United States or Canada, tipping is a customary practice, and service industry workers rely on tips as a significant portion of their income. Failing to tip appropriately in these countries may be considered rude or disrespectful.

It’s crucial to research and understand the tipping customs of the specific country you are visiting. Consult reputable travel guides, websites, or local resources to gather information on how tipping is commonly practiced and what is considered an appropriate tip amount.

Additionally, cultural etiquette goes beyond tipping. Being mindful of cultural norms and customs during the tour is important to ensure that you are respectful and sensitive to the local culture. This includes being punctual, dressing appropriately for religious or cultural sites, and refraining from any actions or behaviors that may be considered disrespectful or inappropriate.

If you are unsure about the cultural etiquette of a particular country, it’s always a good idea to observe and follow the lead of the locals or seek guidance from your tour guide. They are knowledgeable about the local customs and can provide valuable insight on how to navigate cultural nuances.

By adhering to cultural etiquette, you show respect for the local culture and contribute to a positive interaction between yourself and the people of the destination. This extends to tipping, where adhering to the appropriate customs ensures that your token of appreciation and gratitude is received and understood in the right way.

Remember, cultural norms and etiquette can vary greatly from one country to another, so it’s important to approach each destination with an open mind and willingness to adapt to local customs.

Personal Budget and Financial Ability

When deciding how much to tip your tour guide, it’s important to consider your personal budget and financial ability. While it’s important to show appreciation for the service provided, it’s equally important to ensure that the tip amount is within your means.

It’s essential to set a realistic budget for your trip, including all expenses such as accommodations, transportation, meals, and activities. Tipping should be factored into this budget as well.

If you have limited financial resources, it’s perfectly acceptable to offer a modest tip. Remember, tipping is a gesture of gratitude, and even a small amount can still convey your appreciation for the tour guide’s efforts.

On the other hand, if you have the financial means, you may choose to offer a more generous tip to show extra appreciation for exceptional service or to demonstrate your satisfaction with the overall tour experience.

It’s important to strike a balance between showing appreciation for the service provided and being mindful of your own financial circumstances. You should never feel obligated to tip beyond what you can comfortably afford.

In some cases, if your budget is tight or if tipping is not customary in the country or region you are visiting, there are alternative ways to express gratitude. These can include writing a positive review, providing a testimonial, or recommending the tour guide to friends or fellow travelers.

Ultimately, tipping should be a voluntary and discretionary decision based on your personal financial ability and the quality of service provided. It’s important to be honest with yourself about what you can afford and to tip accordingly.

Remember that tour guides understand that tipping customs can vary, and they appreciate any gesture of gratitude, big or small. It’s the thought and appreciation behind the tip that counts.

By considering your personal budget and financial ability, you can make a tip that is meaningful and appropriate for you while still recognizing the efforts of your tour guide.

Alternative Ways to Show Appreciation

While tipping is a common way to show appreciation to tour guides, it’s important to note that it may not always be the most practical or appropriate option. Fortunately, there are alternative ways to express your gratitude and acknowledge the excellent service provided by your tour guide.

1. Write a positive review: Taking the time to write a glowing review of your tour guide’s services can go a long way in showing appreciation. Share your positive experience on travel websites, social media platforms, or directly to the tour company. This not only helps the tour guide in terms of recognition and future bookings but also provides valuable information for other travelers.

2. Provide a testimonial: If you had an exceptional experience with a tour guide, offer to provide a testimonial that they can use on their website or promotional materials. Your positive feedback can serve as a powerful endorsement and help boost their reputation.

3. Refer others: If you were thoroughly impressed with your tour guide, recommend them to friends, family, and fellow travelers who are planning a trip to the same destination. Word-of-mouth recommendations can make a significant impact and bring more business to the guide.

4. Offer feedback: Provide constructive feedback to the tour guide or the tour company. Let them know what you appreciated about their service and any areas where they could improve. This feedback can help them refine their services and deliver an even better experience to future travelers.

5. Show genuine interest: Engage with your tour guide during the tour by asking questions, showing curiosity, and demonstrating a genuine interest in the destination and its culture. A shared enthusiasm can make the experience more enjoyable for both you and the guide.

6. Respect the local culture: One of the best ways to show appreciation to your tour guide is by demonstrating respect for the local culture. Follow their guidance on appropriate behavior and cultural customs. Be open-minded, tolerant, and receptive to new experiences.

Remember that tour guides are passionate about sharing their knowledge and ensuring that you have an incredible experience. By expressing your appreciation in any of these alternative ways, you are not only recognizing their efforts but also contributing to their professional growth and success within the industry.

While these alternative methods may not provide immediate financial gratification, they are valuable ways to express gratitude and make a lasting impact on the tour guide’s career. So, even if tipping is not feasible or customary, there are many other meaningful ways to show appreciation and leave a positive impression on your tour guide.

Tipping tour guides is a way to show appreciation for the invaluable service they provide during your adventures. While there is no fixed rule for how much to tip, considering various factors can help you determine an appropriate amount. Factors such as the quality of service, group size, duration of the tour, and cultural norms should all be taken into account when making your decision.

Understanding the role of a tour guide and recognizing their efforts to enhance your experience is crucial in determining a fair tip. They go beyond simply guiding you through destinations, often serving as storytellers, cultural ambassadors, and facilitators of unforgettable memories.

Respecting regional differences and cultural etiquette is also vital when tipping. Tipping practices can vary significantly from one country to another, and it’s important to research and follow the local customs to ensure that your generosity is well-received.

While tipping is a traditional method of showing appreciation, it’s important to remember that there are alternative ways to recognize the exceptional service of tour guides. Writing positive reviews, providing testimonials, referring others, offering feedback, and demonstrating genuine interest in the local culture are all valuable ways to express gratitude.

Ultimately, it’s important to consider your personal budget and financial ability when deciding on a tip. It’s the thought and appreciation behind the tip that counts, and even a modest amount can convey your gratitude for a memorable adventure.

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When traveling to Indonesia and engaging the services of a tour guide, it is common practice to tip them as a gesture of appreciation for their services. Tipping is not mandatory in Indonesia, but it is certainly appreciated by tour guides who work tirelessly to make your experience memorable. Tipping allows you to show gratitude and recognize their efforts.

In Indonesia, the standard practice is to tip tour guides around 10% of the total cost of the tour, although the amount is ultimately up to your discretion. If you feel that your tour guide has gone above and beyond, you may consider tipping more generously. While tipping is not obligatory, it is important to note that many tour guides rely on tips as a significant part of their income.

FAQs about tipping tour guides in Indonesia

1. Is tipping mandatory when hiring a tour guide in Indonesia? Tipping is not mandatory in Indonesia, but it is highly appreciated as a gesture of gratitude for the services provided by tour guides.

2. What is the recommended amount to tip a tour guide in Indonesia? The standard practice is to tip around 10% of the total cost of the tour. However, the amount is ultimately up to your discretion.

3. Can I tip my tour guide in a different currency? While the local currency, Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), is preferred, tour guides generally accept tips in major foreign currencies such as US dollars or euros. It is advisable to check with your tour guide beforehand.

4. When is the best time to tip the tour guide? It is customary to tip your tour guide at the end of the tour, preferably in cash. Make sure to have small denominations for convenience.

5. Should I tip my tour guide individually or as a group? If you are part of a group tour, it is common to tip the tour guide collectively as a group. However, if you feel that your tour guide has provided exceptional service, you can tip them individually.

6. Are there any cultural customs or practices I should be aware of when tipping in Indonesia? It is customary to give and receive with your right hand as a sign of respect in Indonesian culture. When handing over your tip, present it with your right hand and do so discreetly.

7. What if I am not satisfied with the service provided by the tour guide? If you are not satisfied with the service provided by the tour guide, it is encouraged to address your concerns directly with the tour operator or company. It is not necessary to tip if you are dissatisfied, but it is advisable to provide feedback to improve future experiences.

8. Can I tip the tour guide with a credit card? While it is possible to tip with a credit card in some establishments, it is recommended to have cash on hand for tipping purposes, as not all tour guides accept credit card payments.

9. Are there any cultural considerations when tipping in Indonesia? Indonesia is a diverse country with various cultures and customs. While tipping is generally appreciated, it is important to be respectful of local traditions and customs. If in doubt, observe the behavior of locals or ask for guidance from your tour guide.

10. What if I am on a budget and cannot afford to tip? If you are on a strict budget and cannot afford to tip, it is understandable. However, expressing gratitude and saying thank you to your tour guide verbally can also go a long way in showing appreciation for their services.

11. Is it customary to tip for additional services provided by the tour guide? If your tour guide goes above and beyond their regular duties, such as assisting with arranging transportation or offering personalized recommendations, it is customary to tip them for the extra services provided.

12. Do I need to tip if a service charge is already included? If a service charge is already included in your tour package or bill, it is not necessary to tip additionally. However, if you feel that the service exceeded your expectations, you can still choose to tip as a gesture of appreciation.

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Your Go-To Guide for Every Tipping Scenario (Including When It's OK To Skip the Tip)

Posted: December 15, 2023 | Last updated: December 15, 2023

<p>In today's world, it can feel like everything and everyone is gunning for your hard-earned cash (thanks a lot, inflation). Grabbing a snack at the gas station? Expect to tip the employee just for spinning the iPad around. Ordering a coffee to go? Yup, you'll be greeted with the dreaded 15% or 20% tip option on the screen — and the money probably isn't even going to the barista that actually made your drink. </p><p>When it comes to tipping, some nuance is required. Many service workers — including hairdressers, drivers, and servers — rely on tips as a significant part of their income. That said, it's not always necessary to tip for everything — especially if no tangible service was provided. </p><p>With tipping customs varying greatly around the globe (you generally don't <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/guide-to-tipping-in-europe-hotels-restaurants-taxis-tours">tip servers in Europe</a>, for example), it can take some finesse to figure out just how much you should be tipping in the U.S. We've got you covered with all the details. </p>

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In today's world, it can feel like everything and everyone is gunning for your hard-earned cash (thanks a lot, inflation). Grabbing a snack at the gas station? Expect to tip the employee just for spinning the iPad around. Ordering a coffee to go? Yup, you'll be greeted with the dreaded 15% or 20% tip option on the screen — and the money probably isn't even going to the barista that actually made your drink. 

When it comes to tipping, some nuance is required. Many service workers — including hairdressers, drivers, and servers — rely on tips as a significant part of their income. That said, it's not always necessary to tip for everything — especially if no tangible service was provided. 

With tipping customs varying greatly around the globe (you generally don't  tip servers in Europe , for example), it can take some finesse to figure out just how much you should be tipping in the U.S. We've got you covered with all the details. 

<p>Servers often have to rely heavily on tips, as their <a href="https://www.zippia.com/food-service-worker-jobs/salary/">base wage can be quite low</a>. For sit-down dining, tipping 15-20% of the total bill before taxes is standard practice. If you feel like the service was exceptional, you can always tip more. But generally, tipping 18% is considered pretty generous. For buffet settings, 10% is usually a fair amount. </p>

1. Restaurant Servers

Servers often have to rely heavily on tips, as their base wage can be quite low . For sit-down dining, tipping 15-20% of the total bill before taxes is standard practice. If you feel like the service was exceptional, you can always tip more. But generally, tipping 18% is considered pretty generous. For buffet settings, 10% is usually a fair amount. 

<p>Tipping your hairdresser or barber is a way to show appreciation for their skill and attention to detail. Generally, a tip of 15-20% is standard, but this will also depend on the quality of service and the complexity of your hairstyle. If multiple people attended to you, such as a colorist and a washer, consider dividing the tip among them.</p>

2. Hairdressers and Barbers

Tipping your hairdresser or barber is a way to show appreciation for their skill and attention to detail. Generally, a tip of 15-20% is standard, but this will also depend on the quality of service and the complexity of your hairstyle. If multiple people attended to you, such as a colorist and a washer, consider dividing the tip among them.

<p>Delivery couriers for services like Doordash and Grubhub often use their own vehicles and have to cover expenses like gas and <a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/oil-change-scams/">car maintenance</a>. A tip of 10-15% of the bill is standard — with a minimum of $2-$5 — especially under challenging conditions like bad weather or difficult-to-navigate locations.</p><p><b>Related:</b> <a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/grubhub-vs-doordash-which-is-cheaper/">What Is the Cheapest Food Delivery App?</a></p>

3. Food Delivery Drivers

Delivery couriers for services like Doordash and Grubhub often use their own vehicles and have to cover expenses like gas and car maintenance . A tip of 10-15% of the bill is standard — with a minimum of $2-$5 — especially under challenging conditions like bad weather or difficult-to-navigate locations.

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<p>Tipping your bartender not only acknowledges their service but also their skill in making drinks. A common practice is $1-2 per drink, or 15-20% of the total tab. If your bartender provides exceptional service or concocts a particularly complex drink, tipping on the higher end is always appreciated.</p>

4. Bartenders

Tipping your bartender not only acknowledges their service but also their skill in making drinks. A common practice is $1-2 per drink, or 15-20% of the total tab. If your bartender provides exceptional service or concocts a particularly complex drink, tipping on the higher end is always appreciated.

<p>For taxi or ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft, a tip of 10-15% of the fare is customary. Consider tipping more for drivers who help with luggage, provide an exceptionally smooth ride, or navigate through traffic efficiently. If you aren't able to tip, consider leaving your driver a 5-star review, as this can help with their ratings and overall ranking. </p><p><b>To stay up to date on more consumer news and other savvy life hacks,</b> <a href="https://cheapism.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=de966e79b38e1d833d5781074&id=c14db36dd0">please sign up for our free newsletters.</a></p>

5. Taxi or Ride-Share Drivers

For taxi or ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft, a tip of 10-15% of the fare is customary. Consider tipping more for drivers who help with luggage, provide an exceptionally smooth ride, or navigate through traffic efficiently. If you aren't able to tip, consider leaving your driver a 5-star review, as this can help with their ratings and overall ranking. 

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<p>This includes various roles like housekeeping and bellhops. For housekeeping, $2-5 per day is appreciated, and for bellhops, $1-2 per bag is customary. For concierge services, if they go above and beyond (like securing hard-to-get reservations at a popular restaurant or helping you snag tickets for "Hamilton"), a tip of $5-20 can be a nice gesture and will definitely be appreciated. </p><p><b>Related:</b> <a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/historic-hotels/">Enchanting Historic Hotels in Every State</a></p>

6. Hotel Staff

This includes various roles like housekeeping and bellhops. For housekeeping, $2-5 per day is appreciated, and for bellhops, $1-2 per bag is customary. For concierge services, if they go above and beyond (like securing hard-to-get reservations at a popular restaurant or helping you snag tickets for "Hamilton"), a tip of $5-20 can be a nice gesture and will definitely be appreciated. 

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<p>While tipping baristas is not mandatory, dropping some spare change or a few dollars into the tip jar is a kind gesture — especially for baristas who remember your regular order or craft a particularly elaborate beverage. That said, you <a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/times-you-dont-need-to-tip/">aren't expected to tip baristas</a>, so don't feel pressured to do so every time. </p>

7. Coffee Shop Baristas

While tipping baristas is not mandatory, dropping some spare change or a few dollars into the tip jar is a kind gesture — especially for baristas who remember your regular order or craft a particularly elaborate beverage. That said, you aren't expected to tip baristas , so don't feel pressured to do so every time. 

<p>For services like massages, facials, or other spa treatments, a tip of 15-20% is standard. This acknowledges the therapist's skill and the level of personal care involved. The same goes for tattoo shops and other industries where a service is provided by a skilled specialist.</p>

8. Spa and Massage Therapists

For services like massages, facials, or other spa treatments, a tip of 15-20% is standard. This acknowledges the therapist's skill and the level of personal care involved. The same goes for tattoo shops and other industries where a service is provided by a skilled specialist.

<p>If you're picking up a takeout order from a restaurant and no extra service, like table service, is provided, <a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/should-you-tip-for-takeout/">tipping is not required</a>. I repeat, NOT required. So the next time you're picking up food at a restaurant and the employee does nothing but hand you the order, don't feel bad about not leaving a tip. </p>

9. When Picking Up Take-Out

If you're picking up a takeout order from a restaurant and no extra service, like table service, is provided, tipping is not required . I repeat, NOT required. So the next time you're picking up food at a restaurant and the employee does nothing but hand you the order, don't feel bad about not leaving a tip. 

<p>At fast-food counters like McDonald's, Taco Bell, or Chipotle where you order and pick up your food at the counter, tipping is not required. The same goes for <a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/tipping-at-self-checkout-machines/">self-service establishments</a>, including cafeterias or buffet restaurants, where you do the work yourself. While tipping is not expected at these spots, you can always leave a few bucks in the tip jar to show your appreciation. </p>

10. Fast-Food Restaurants

At fast-food counters like McDonald's, Taco Bell, or Chipotle where you order and pick up your food at the counter, tipping is not required. The same goes for self-service establishments , including cafeterias or buffet restaurants, where you do the work yourself. While tipping is not expected at these spots, you can always leave a few bucks in the tip jar to show your appreciation. 

<p>For services provided by professionals like doctors, dentists, lawyers, or accountants, tipping is not standard practice. Can you imagine sliding a $20 bill across the table to tip your lawyer? You'd probably get in more trouble than anything else. </p>

11. Professional Services

For services provided by professionals like doctors, dentists, lawyers, or accountants, tipping is not standard practice. Can you imagine sliding a $20 bill across the table to tip your lawyer? You'd probably get in more trouble than anything else. 

<p>In most retail environments, such as clothing and grocery stores, electronics shops, gas stations, or bookstores, tipping is not expected. Retail employees typically receive a regular wage for their services, and the retail industry does not generally operate on a tipping model.</p><div class="rich-text"><p>This article was originally published on <a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/tipping-rules/">Cheapism</a></p></div>

12. Retail Workers

In most retail environments, such as clothing and grocery stores, electronics shops, gas stations, or bookstores, tipping is not expected. Retail employees typically receive a regular wage for their services, and the retail industry does not generally operate on a tipping model.

This article was originally published on Cheapism

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Newsletter signup, visitor guide, okc zoo announces 2025 conservation travel program destinations to indonesia, sri lanka and zimbabwe.

Experience wildlife and wild places abroad with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Conservation Travel Program! In 2025, the OKC Zoo, in partnership with Safari Professionals, is hosting three different conservation travel experiences to Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, and inviting Oklahomans to come along on these trips of a lifetime!

“We want Oklahomans to explore more of the world with us,” said Dr. Dwight Lawson, OKC Zoo’s executive director/CEO. “Together with Safari Professionals, we have curated adventures that are memorable and immersive with unique conservation experiences. As travelers encounter the rich biodiversity, breathtaking landscapes, and cultural treasures of each destination, our hope is they are inspired to become champions for protecting wildlife and wild places.”

The first of the Zoo’s three conservation travel opportunities is an exclusive 12-night immersion into Indonesia, from June 8 through 20, 2025. This is the Zoo’s first excursion to Indonesia and will provide travelers with extraordinary cultural and wildlife encounters experienced through boat journeys and walking excursions encompassing several islands. Guests will discover exotic, endangered species in their native habitats including Asian elephants and orangutans, and explore the famous pink beaches of Komodo Island, home to the largest lizards on Earth, Komodo dragons. The trip, limited to 14 guests of all ages, includes accommodations at six luxury lodges providing the ideal setting for relaxation and creating memorable moments while immersed in nature! 

For those dreaming of a destination with startling beauty, rich history, and fascinating wildlife–Sri Lanka awaits! The OKC Zoo is thrilled to offer a brand-new travel opportunity to the island nation of Sri Lanka from July 10 through 24, 2025. This adventure-filled trip is limited to 12 guests and includes extended stays in six cities allowing travelers quality time to explore stunning landscapes and celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Sites and, of course, connect with wildlife. Sri Lanka is home to a variety of primates, leopards, sloth bears, an array of birds and large populations of Asian elephants. This is the ultimate trip for elephant fans as guests will observe and learn how the Zoo is working with local groups to conserve this endangered and beloved species. In fact, the Oklahoma City Zoo is the only Association of Zoos and Aquariums member doing conservation work anywhere in Sri Lanka. Adventurers will also find themselves relaxing and recharging in some of Sri Lanka’s most luxurious and iconic hotels.

The expeditions continue with the Zoo’s third and final travel destination: Zimbabwe. Don’t miss this epic wildlife safari to Zimbabwe spanning 10 days and nine nights, August 11 through 20, 2025. Wildlife enthusiasts will be in awe of Zimbabwe, one of Africa’s most exciting safari destinations, as they take in incredible views of lions, elephants, African painted dogs, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos and more! Guests will also explore some of Africa’s most iconic natural treasures including Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park and the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Following exciting days out on safari, travelers return to top-rated accommodations with breathtaking views, exceptional amenities and dining. This trip is limited to 12 guests.

Inviting wildlife enthusiasts on safari to Zimbabwe aligns with the OKC Zoo’s anxiously anticipated opening of Expedition Africa, the Zoo’s largest new habitat expansion in its 122-year history. Set to officially open on March 26, the new 12-acre project will provide guests with more immersive experiences and larger habitats for animals native to the African continent including giraffes, wildebeests, ostriches, meerkats, African painted dogs, cheetahs, lemurs, honey badgers and more.

For adventurers wanting to get away this year, the OKC Zoo has limited spots remaining for a Costa Rica excursion. Join the OKC Zoo from July 5 through 13, 2024 for this 8-night safari to discover the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica which literally means “rich coast” and is home to 5% of the planet’s biodiversity. Over the course of this trip, travelers will discover wildlife along the beaches, in the ocean and in the mountains including whales, sea turtles, birds, butterflies and so much more.

OKC Zoo supports conversation initiatives and partners around the world with funds from its Round Up for Conservation program. Guests are encouraged to donate their spare change when purchasing admission tickets, or when buying food or beverages at the OKC Zoo. By “rounding up” purchases, Zoo visitors have contributed over $1 million since the program’s inception in 2011.

These amazing travel opportunities are offered by the Oklahoma City Zoo in partnership with Safari Professionals–a wildlife conservation travel company with over 35 years of designing and conducting unique adventures in wildlife destinations throughout the world. To learn more about these trips including prices, locations, amenities, and travel protocols visit www.okczoo.org/travel .

Interested in learning more about these travel experiences? The OKC Zoo is hosting a “Conservation Travel Night” Tuesday, February 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at its Rosser Conservation Education Center Auditorium. At this informal gathering, Zoo representatives will describe these trips in greater detail and answer all of your questions. Attendees should park by and enter through the education center located at the east end of the Zoo’s parking lot.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to purchase advance Zoo admission at okczoo.org/tickets  for faster access. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the OKC Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, and Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. Zoo admission is $16 for adults and $13 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Membership has its perks! As a ZOOfriends member of the Oklahoma City Zoo, enjoy free admission all year-long, plus many additional benefits and discounts. You will also be supporting the Zoo’s animal family, education programming and conservation initiatives both locally and globally. Join or renew today at www.okczoo.org/membership . 

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On 14 February, about 205 million people will be eligible to vote in Indonesia , making it one of the world’s biggest election days.

Voters will be selecting the next president of the world’s third-largest democracy, as well as choosing executive and legislative representatives at all administrative levels. More than half of those eligible to vote are aged between 17 and 40, and about a third are under 30, making the youth demographic key to the outcome.

The incumbent president Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term.

Who is running?

Prabowo Subianto, 72, a former military general and incumbent defence minister, is now leading the polls. His supporters perceive him as a firm leader capable of bringing stability, and he has promised continuity of Jokowi’s development plans.

Prabowo’s critics, however, point to allegations he was involved in the kidnapping and torture of pro-democracy activists in the late 1990s, and of rights abuses in Papua and East Timor. Prabowo denies any wrongdoing and has not been charged in a criminal court.

During campaigning, Prabowo, who has long had a reputation for having a fierce temper, has tried to show a softer side, using humour and dancing on stage at rallies . This is the third time Prabowo will run to be president. He lost against Jokowi in 2014 and 2019.

This time, Prabowo is running on a joint ticket with vice-presidential candidate Gibran Rakabuming Raka, Jokowi’s eldest son . This could allow him to benefit from the outgoing president’s political clout, but it has also raised concerns among some voters about dynasty building.

Presidential candidate and Indonesia’s Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto and vice-presidential candidate Gibran Rakabuming Raka.

Anies Baswedan, 54, is former academic and was previously Jakarta governor. Anies has been viewed as the antithesis of Jokowi. He is the only candidate not to pledge to continue Jokowi’s project to move the capital city from overcrowded sinking Jakarta to Borneo, saying he believes there are other more urgent issues that require government attention, and that investment should be spread more equally between areas.

Anies previously served as Jakarta governor – a position he won in 2017 after a divisive campaign in which he was accused of courting hardline Islamic groups, fuelling identity politics. He is now running alongside Muhaimin Iskandar, leader of the biggest Islamic party, which has strong ties with Indonesia’s largest moderate Muslim organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama.

Ganjar Pranowo , 55, has had a long career in public service and is the former governor of Central Java. He is a member of the Indonesia Democratic party of Struggle (PDI-P) – the same party to which Jokowi has belonged as president. It had appeared Jokowi would support Ganjar’s bid to become president – though Jokowi’s son Gibran was later announced as a running mate of Prabowo.

Ganjar has sought to portray himself as down-to-earth man of the people, as he tours the country to meet voters. He too has faced controversy in his role as provincial governor, including over a mine development in Central Java, which drew criticisms from villagers and activists.

He is running alongside coordinating security affairs minister Mahfud MD.

How is the winner decided?

Presidential candidates must secure more than 50% of the vote in order to win. If no one achieves this, then a run-off election will be held between the top two candidates in June.

What are the key issues?

The role of dynasties and the strength of the country’s democracy have been the subject of debate. There is unease among civil society groups, and others, that Jokowi is trying to retain influence even after leaving office. His son Gibran was only able to run as vice-president after a court, headed by Jokowi’s brother-in-law, tweaked eligibility criteria – a decision that provoked controversy .

More broadly, young voters make up more than half of the electorate this year, and candidates have been making a concerted effort to target them through social media campaigns. “All candidates are actively utilising social media platforms, notably TikTok and Instagram, which predominantly attract young voters. This scenario contrasts with past elections, where campaign strategies tended to be more conventional,” said Aisah Putri Budiatri, a political researcher at the National Research and Innovation Agency.

Young people are concerned about welfare and employment, she said, but added that while candidates’ policy platforms all mention these issues: “There’s a noticeable absence of discussions on programs tailored specifically for the youth demographic, with candidates often resorting to political gimmicks in their attempts to engage this demographic.”

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