Tipping in Bhutan
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Mar 20, 2012 12:33 PM Last Post By: champacathimphu
Feb 29, 2012 8:58 AM
Tipping in BhutanI have just read in LP guide book that at the end of the trip in Bhutan one is expected to leave a tip for the guide, driver etc.
Does anyone have any idea what kind of sums one is expected to give? I'll be travelling solo, with a guide and driver and then trekking with another guide, cook, horsemen...
Any suggestions gratefully appreciated.
Feb 29, 2012 8:18 PM
1I don't think you are expected to tip as they should be properly paid as a result of the Govt tourist policy.
Tipping seems to be a result of US visitors who are used to it.
However if you have a good time and get well looked after then why not leave a tip.
As a part of your holiday it wont be much and you proably have more than them.
Ask your travel agent for a suggested specific amount then you could go up or down from there depending on service
Mar 2, 2012 10:01 AM
2Tipping is completely voluntary in Bhutan, but in the last couple of years people have come to expect something and it is very much appreciated by the staff. It really depends on how many days you are away for, and your tour operator should be able to give you a better idea but as a rough guide tip 5-12 US$ /day for drivers/trek staff and 7-17 US$ /day for guides and your chef if he is good! Of course if you are in Bhutan for weeks this will be unrealistic! And as a solo traveller the lower range would be fine. Hope this helps.
Mar 20, 2012 12:33 PM
3Guides and drivers in Bhutan generally expect a tip. For US travelers the 'standard' about about $10 per day for the guide, and $5 per day for the driver, per person. The concept of tipping guides on organized tours across the globe is common, no need for Bhutan to be different. Also one should leave a couple dollars per day in hotel room for staff, or in tip box at those hotels where they exist.
(5 star Hotel)
From US$400.00 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$450.00 per night