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How much to tip Boss's taxi?

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How much to tip Boss's taxi?

He quoted me 1300 one way to the hotel. I know it's not customary to tip the driver, but should I really not tip? And if I tip, how much?

Poulton Le Fylde...
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1. Re: How much to tip Boss's taxi?

Ah, the tipping dilemma. It really isn't customary (yet!) to tip, especially taxi drivers and, of course, they will never be refused. Thai service employees don't rely on tips and expectation is not built into their wages. However, pending replies from others who may have done, tips are generally more nominal rather than substantial and if I use a taxi to a hotel I would tip the bell boys who looked after my luggage rather than the taxi driver. In local restaurants, leaving the change from the bill is the norm. One exception is at local massage places, particularly on the beach where often the masseuses rent a bed and pay much of what are generally standard fees to the "parlour" owner. A tip of upto 100 baht is, again, felt to be appropriate although, again, it is not obligatory.

Edited: 20 December 2013, 06:34
2. Re: How much to tip Boss's taxi?

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