Tipping is a fairly common practice in tourist hotspots in Indonesia, particularly Bali. Base salaries are often quite low so any tokens of appreciation for service will be gratefully received.
However, all ETG holidays are ‘Tip-Inclusive’ so the total holiday cost includes all tips for your guides, drivers, and other in-country experience providers. This is all taken care of before you set off, in just one simple upfront cost. There is no stress around whether, when, and how much to tip; no more awkward fumbling for notes, or that feeling that you’ve under-tipped and offended your guide. The only people in an ETG holiday you might feel the need to tip are hotel or boat staff, at restaurants, and in taxis, but that is entirely at your discretion.
For those not travelling with ETG you can find our guidelines tipping guidelines for Indonesia below.
Tipping guidelines for Indonesia for a couple or family travelling –
How much should I tip a guide?
As a rough guide, around $12 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. $7-8 per day is a guideline, but do note that you don’t have to tip drivers doing pick ups and drop offs at airports.
How much should I tip in Indonesian hotels?
If you’re in a hotel for a few days or more, a tip of a few dollars 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.