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Myanmar tipping guidelines

by Holly Newing

Having only opened up to tourists in 2012, there’s a nascent culture of tipping in Myanmar – wages are low so they’ll certainly be appreciated. 

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 for how much to tip in Myanmar below.

Guide close to the temples of Bagan with an Experience Travel group vehicle

Our guides are fantastic in Myanmar and we hope they deserve a tip

Per group travelling (couples or families) –


For a good job, we’d suggest tipping $7-10 per day which equates to 10,000 kyat (the Burmese currency).


For top service, we’d suggest giving 2/3rds of that given to the guide accompanying you, so $3-5 per day or 6,000 kyat. Of course this depends on how much he/she’s driving you around.


You can tip porters and maids as you wish. An odd dollar here or there is fine, although the practice is only really common higher-end hotels or resorts.


You don’t really need to tip in restaurants. If you feel the service was particularly good, 10% of the bill is a recommended guideline.

Do our Myanmar tipping guidelines make sense?

If you wanted to talk to an expert about planning your India trip, do call  020 7924 7133 or email us with your questions here. To see an example of the kind of trip you could have, do take a look at our example holiday itineraries. They’re just a starting point, all our holidays are tailor-made so we can tweak all elements to suit your exact interests. Alternatively – download our free Myanmar travel guide for more insider tips and insights:

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