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 Tips on Tipping

  1. It's every traveler's nightmare. The porter brings your bags to your room and helpfully explains how to access CNN. He shows you how to turn on the lights and adjust the air-conditioner. Then he points to the phone and says: “If there's anything else you need, just call.” All this time, you've been thinking one thing: “How much should I tip this guy?” Out of desperation you shove a few banknotes into his hand, hoping that you're neither given too much or too little.

  2. It's difficult to divine what constitutes an appropriate tip in any country. In Japan, if you leave a couple of coins on the table, the waiter may chase after you to return your forgotten change. In New York, on the other hand, if you leave less than 15%, your reservation might not hold up next time. Asia, with its multiplicity of cultures and customs, is a particularly difficult terrain. To make your next trip a little easier, here's a guide to tipping across the region:

  3. Bangkok

  In general, the more Westernized the place is, the more likely you'll be expected to leave a gratuity. Some top-end restaurants will add a 10% service charge to the bill. If not, waiters will appreciate you tacking on the 10% yourself. However, if you're eating at a downscale restaurant a tip is not necessary. If you're staying at one of Bangkok's many five-star establishments, expect to tip the porter 20 to 50 baht, depending on how many bags you have. Taxis are now metered in Bangkok. Local custom is to round the fare up to the nearest five baht.

  4. Hong Kong

  Gratuity is customary in this money-mad metropolis. Most restaurants automatically add a 10% service charge to the bill, but the surcharge often ends up in the pocket of the owner. If the service is good, add another 10% to the bill, up to HK$100 in an especially nice restaurant. For HK$10 hotel porters should do it at all but the nicest hotels where a new HK$20 bill may be more acceptable. When in a taxi, round up to the nearest dollar.

  5. Jakarta

  Tipping is not part of local culture, but international influences have turned some Westernized palms upward in search of a few extra rupiah. A 10% service charge is added at most high-end restaurants. At moderately priced restaurants, 5,000 rupiah should do it. If the service is superb, tack on an extra 1,000 or so. At hotels, porters ask for a few hundred rupiah for each bag. While most taxi drivers will automatically round up to the next 500 rupiah.

  6. Kuala Lumpur

  Like Indonesia, tipping in Malaysia is confined to the pricier Westernized joints, which often add a 10% service charge to your meal or hotel room. If you are at a hotel restaurant, expect a 10% service charge. But at local restaurants, there's no need to add a gratuity. At five-star hotels, one or two ringgit will suffice a porter. At lower-end establishments, don't feel compelled to tip. Like Bangkok, many taxis are now metered, so you can just round up to the nearest ringgit.

  7. Manila

  Tipping is common in Manila, and anything above 10% will gain you undying loyalty. At restaurants, even if a service charge is included, custom dictates adding another 5%-10% to the bill. Hotel porters should be rewarded with 20 pesos per bag. Most taxicabs are metered, and rounding up to the next five pesos is a good rule of thumb.

  8. Seoul

  Tipping is not part of Korean culture, although it has become a matter of course in international hotels where a 10% service charge is often added. If you are at a Korean barbecue joint, there's no need to add anything extra. But a sleek Italian restaurant may require a 10% contribution. If you are at a top-end hotel, international standards apply, so expect to pay 500-1,000 won per bag. Taxi drivers don't expect a tip. Keep the change for yourself.

  9. Singapore

  According to government mandate in the Lion City, tipping is not permitted. It's basically outlawed at Changi Airport and officials encourage tourists not to add to the 10% service charge that many high-end hotels tack on to the bill. At restaurants, Singaporeans tend not to leave tips. Nicer restaurants do sometimes levy a 10% service charge. Hotel staff is the one exception to the no-tipping rule. As a general guide, S$1 should be adequate for baggage-lugging service. Taxi drivers don't expect gratuity, but they won't refuse it.

  10. Taipei

  Like Japan and China, Taiwan is not a tipping society-even though much of the currency seems to come in coin form. Tipping is not expected in restaurants. However, that rule is changing as American-style eateries introduce Western ways. Hotel staff won't be overly offended if you don't tip. Gratuity is not expected in taxicabs.

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