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Old Aug 24th, 2006, 06:12 PM
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TIPPING TOUR GUIDES

You have all been so helpful on my other questions that I give you the next one of what will probably be many before we leave for Bangkok.

Is tipping of tour guides expected or not?

On group tours, we have always tipped the guide and the bus driver a small amount. But what about a personal guide -- such as Tong -- who already charges for his/her services?

The Internet searches don't answer this, so it's back to the Fodorites. What a group!

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Old Aug 24th, 2006, 06:30 PM
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i always tip my guides....amount is based on how they pleased me during the day....in the case of ratt a couple of years ago i gave her a substantial tip...maybe 20%....

also be aware that most guides make money, substantial money, from taking you shopping....kickbacks....i am told by a reliable source that they ALL get them....

calm down fodorites: i know your favorite does not: ratt, tong, ming, mink, poon, cherry, etc....THEY ALL GET IT AND IT IS A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF THEIR PAY...
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Old Aug 25th, 2006, 08:57 AM
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When we had Ratt as our guide, we did not leave any tip, as she already charged for her service.
We were very pleased with her service, but this is what I expected, so...what was special here? If I did not ask for any special favour, she did not spend with us more hours than was agreed, I did not see any reason to tip.

However, if I had a pesonal guide that was sent from an agency, then we gave a tip.
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Old Aug 25th, 2006, 11:06 AM
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I also always tip. I do not apply the same rules as I do in the US-- i.e. if they own the business no tip. If they've done a good job, I tip them. It means little to me and a lot to them. Also, I don't shop or if I do I NEVER do with a guide. So they make no money off me in that area and if they don't push me to shop I reward them. If they DO try to get me to shop even after I've told them I don't want to the tip goes to zero.

Basically, my rule of thumb is to tip with my heart-- not my head. And I have never been sorry.
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Old Aug 25th, 2006, 12:07 PM
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We always tip. Probably over tip in most cases. It is like a hobby to us. It makes us feel good, usually they can use the small bit of money more than us, and we have never been hit by a bus yet (Karma).

But, I would never begrudge someone who tipped small (I might begrudge a non-tipper just a small bit). It comes from our heart like Gloria. We also virtually never have a bad experience and travel extensively about 3-4 big trips per year. Life is what you make of it and to each his own.

I remember our guide in Siem Reap was saving for his dowery (or whatever they call it) to give the father of the bride. How good it made us feel to contribute to that! He was really cute too. Face it, most always the folks in the countries we travel to can really use the money. JMHO
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Old Aug 25th, 2006, 12:18 PM
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When I hire a driver or a guide, I do always tip. Connette and Gloria have described my thoughts about this well.
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Old Aug 25th, 2006, 12:39 PM
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We generally tip well with drivers and guides. In Asia its not expected but we feel its better to err on the side of generosity. As Gloria said, it means a little to us, a lot to them.
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Old Aug 25th, 2006, 03:17 PM
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Thanks I always appreciate your advice and stories of your experiences.

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