a VirtualTourist member from Bendigo
Well we are all set to head to Nepal soon but it has been quite a while since I was there and I have forgotten how much we should tip for services ie restaurants, guides, porters, people helping with bags, taxis etc). What is the general rule for tipping now days? I want to be fair and not stingy but not over the top either as I would like to share it around!
We have endless discussions regarding tipping on the forum. I personally tip whatever i feel like tipping and follow no standard rules. If i am pleased with the service i leave a small tip. If i am delighted with the service and the person has really gone out of his way to serve me or treat me well i tip more. If the service is no good or the food at the restaurant is not up to my liking or the portion is small i do not leave a tip
More or less agree with the above poster
These days most restaurants (Except for the very small ones) have a 10% additional compulsory service charge added to the price on your bill (Sometimes also an additional 13% tax on top of this) so you have to be a bit careful when reading the menu as sometimes the bill can be around 25% more than the menu prices.
However, personally I don’t think that the 10% is passed onto the waiters, so if you are happy with the food and service I still leave them a little extra
Tipping for guides and porters is very important and often makes up a large portion of the money the actually end up with after a trek a food is getting very expensive for Nepali’s in the mountains – 1 additional days pay per week of trek is the usual amount – but if you can afford a bit more then they really deserve as much as you can comfortably give them
As for the rest – Just remember than a few rupees goes a long way in Nepal, so even if you leave a small tip then it will usually be much appreciated
Good Luck and Happy Travels