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Tipping guidelines for Malaysia

by Holly Newing

Tipping is not common practice in Malaysia and most people won’t expect it. In some tourist hot spots you may notice 10% service charge added to your restaurant bill. Otherwise tipping will be discretionary. Here are our suggested tipping guidelines for Malaysia.

Tourists on Lebuh Cannon & Lebuh Acheh in George Town, Penang in front of Aceh Mosque

Per couple or family travelling –


For good service, tipping around MYR25-30 per day for your guide would be about right for a good job, perhaps more for something special or if you are a larger group or family.


Drivers usually receive 2/3rds of what the accompanying guide gets. MYR15 per day is a suggestion; do note you don’t have to tip for drivers doing pick ups and drop offs at airports.


If you’re in a hotel for a few days or more, a tip of MYR3 for your chambermaid or anyone else who has been helpful will be appreciated.


Many western-style restaurants and most hotels will add a 10% service charge to the bill. It’s also customary to leave any small change (coins etc) and if a charge is not added then 10% is a good gauge. Local restaurants usually don’t expect tips although they certainly won’t reject them should you leave a few dollar notes behind.


Do not require tipping unless for exceptional service.

We hope that helps.  If there is anything you think we’re missing in our tipping guidelines for Malaysia then please get in contact!

Guide to Malaysia

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