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tips and/or gifts for tour guides

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tips and/or gifts for tour guides

I will be coming to Vietnam with 3 other november/december for 3weeks on private escorted tours in Hanoi, HaLong, Sapa, Hue, Hoi An, HCMC, Delta..

What is appropriate as a thank you from the group to the tour guides and drivers? A items from here or cash? If cash, how much is appropriate?

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1. Re: tips and/or gifts for tour guides

Hi jackcat 7,

Things made from here are great gifts and sometimes hard to find.

We brought some "Texas" bandana‘s scarf and small flashlights powered by magnetic movement (no battery needed) as thank you gifts and on occasion we gave cash equivalent to their few days of work for an excellent service.

The flashlights were much appreciated by the guides and villagers where electricity is in short supply.

Hope this helps some..


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Flashlights are a great idea. I will speak to my associates about what over things we can take.



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3. Re: tips and/or gifts for tour guides

Yes, those kind of flashlights are well received there but money is what they also need for a living for the family. We always give $10 a day to the driver and guide each if the service they have provided is exceptable.

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Thank you for your response. I wasn't sure how much money was appropriate. I didn't want to insult anyone with too little or give what was more than customary and set a bad precedence.

I also read that tipping restaurants was not customary but rounding up to the next level dong.

I usually (in the states and Europe) leave a little something in the room for the maids at the end of our stay. Is equilavent of $1 or $2 a day adequate?

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5. Re: tips and/or gifts for tour guides

I too gave the guide and a driver a tip. Infact I tipped just about everyone including the maids. In restaurants etc we would usually round up or give about 20000 dong which for us was less that $1.50.

Many years ago when I was a student I was a waitress and I really appreciated those tips !!!

the vietnamese work long and hard for their money so I liked to share my good fortune around and we had such a wonderful time and nothing was too much trouble so we were very happy to tip.

There was only about twice I didn't tip a taxi as I thought they had overcharged us. Again I would give either a 10000 or 20000 dong tip.


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