Bali Tipping Guidance – As you already know, many businesses have implemented service charges that are directly added to your billing. Even though service fees have been charged, there are still many people who want to give tips on satisfying service as a form of gratitude.
Do I Have to Tip in Bali?
The people of Bali are well-known for their generosity and friendliness. They always greet tourists with a warm smile also great hospitality. In contrast to the US and Europe, in Bali, it is not mandatory to give tips in exchange for satisfying service.
Bali tipping guidelines are normally similar to tipping in the rest of Asian countries, it solely depends on you.
Bali Tipping Guidance
Which Service to Tip?
The service fee in several services such as restaurants, shops, or spas, has already been included in your bill (usually around 5% to 20% of the total). Waiter, therapist and the rest of the staff will not secretly make a complaint if you don’t give them a tip. Although you have already paid the service fee, it’s no problem if you still want to give them tip.
Rules and Ethics in Giving Tips
If you want to tip, then consider a number of things below first.
Tip to the Right Person
Although the intention is good, if you tip the wrong person, you will waste your money.
There are a number of services that have appealed to consumers not to give tips to their employee, for example, IT technicians, parking assistants at malls, and so on. Therefore, there is no need for you to give them a tip.
On the other hand, there are some services that do rely on tips as additional income, for example, valet parking services, hotel staff, porters, and others.
Do not give a tip if the regulations have said you are not allowed to tip because you can cause the employee to be penalized by his or her employers.
If you want to give a tip, please consider the rules first.
Prepare Some Small Change
There is no need to over-tip. 10% of the total bill is a reasonable number for the tip. It is no problem even if you give less than that amount. Always prepare some change wherever you go, who knows you need it for tipping. Bali money changers guide is here.
Hand the Tip Politely
The way you hand the tip can also affect the person who receives it. Hand the tip politely. Hand it while saying thank you.
If You Don’t Want to Give a Tip, Avoid Unnecessary Services
When you arrive at the hotel, the hotel porter will automatically help you carry your luggage and this service usually requires a tip.
If you don’t want to tip, then politely decline and say thank you. It goes the same for other services that you don’t need, refuse politely so you don’t have to pay a tip.
If You Go on Vacation, Include Tipping Money into Your Budget
Although tipping is not obligatory, it will be better if you include tipping money into your budget whenever you go on vacation. If you arrange your trip with a travel agent, you may need to give some tip, for example for drivers, for tour guides, for restaurant waiters, and others.
You may spend small money every time you give a tip but if it is done quite often, the amount will get bigger.
How Much to Tip?
For other service areas in Bali, such as hired guides and drivers, cleaning staff and team in your accommodation or porters who manage your luggage, there are no certain rules for tipping size. When hiring a driver, usually you should give a tip in addition to one or two meals per day. The amount is between IDR 50,000 to 100,000. You can give about IDR 10,000 to 20,000 to a porter for each luggage. Meanwhile, for a housekeeper cleaning your room, you can give approximately IDR 30,000 per room/night.
Tipping in Details
This tipping information is collected from Tripadvisor.
Taxi Driver: It is not compulsory to tip them. Even though most taxis use a meter, some drivers do not bring coins or small money with them or cannot find them when needed. Many passengers tend to round up the total of their bill. For instance, if your taximeter displays IDR 28, 850, you may round up the amount to IDR 30,000.
Car Rental Driver: Not required; if you find that the service is agreeable, a base tip of IDR 20,000 will be considered appropriate. (All-day drivers usually expect a bigger tip).
Large Hotels: Many hotel services include a 21% tax. 10% is a compulsory government tax; the other 11% is a non-enforceable service charge. Tipping is not obligatory but if you wish to tip, you can provide 5 to 10% of the total bill.
Restaurants: several restaurants have a 5 to 10% service charge on their bill. However, if you do not charge a service fee, you may tip around IDR 10,000 up to 10% of the entire bill. The government is demanding a restaurant tax of 10%, but smaller restaurants and no doubt the warungs will not charge that and it is likely that they would pay the tax to the government even if they did charge the tax.
Airport Porters: You are not required to use their service, but for such little money, the porter can be of great help, especially at customs, and that money means something to them. The tip is between IDR 20,000 until 50, 0000 for 1 to 2 travelers. It is recommended to arrange a fee in advance to evade further arguments.
Service Industries: Even though it is not obligatory to tip for services like hair salons or body massages, gratuities for service industries are normal and anticipated in Indonesia. Most Indonesians tip the barber or masseur after they have received the service. 5-10% of the bills are reasonable.
The basic salary in Bali is rather low and therefore it seems prices relatively cheap to a lot of visitors. Workers search for advice to earn extra income. Tips are usually shared in small hotels and restaurants in Bali.
Nevertheless, if you do not have the money to tip, it is quite understandable in Indonesia. Try to understand their low payment rates. This also applies to travelers on a budget. In other words, if you run out of money and do not tip or forget to bring money, it seems understandable and no one will likely get upset or be angry at you.
Many hotels and several restaurants may charge 21% of the bill: A formal 10% tax will be charged for hotels and restaurants, and a service charge may be applied thereafter. Check your bill, see if it’s added. If there is service tax, no further tips are required (only, if you want to).
In Indonesia, restaurant and hotel bills do not levy VAT (GST) on goods or services. On hotels and restaurants, only the tax of 10% is charged.
There are no fixed rules for tips in Indonesia, but there are still times when it is appropriate to leave a few more. With this Bali tipping guidance, you will learn when and how much you can tip for an excellent service.