A tip on tipping in Thailand


Like that alliteration? Apparently, there’s a preferred way to tip your restaurant server in Thailand. Communications difficulties got in the way of totally understanding why but I think it has to do with making sure the server is directly rewarded, rather than sharing tips with the house or other servers.

Anyway, what you do is leave say 10 baht as a tip when you get your change, which is often returned on a small tray. Then you give the real tip directly to the server.

This works real well in generating big smiles from your servers.

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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