Tipping is very much a western import and some guides may say it’s not customary. That being said tipping in Cambodia is an important form of secondary income for Cambodians and is seen as an incentive for good service.
However, all ETG holidays are now (May 2021) ‘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 Cambodia below.
Per group travelling (both couples and families) –
1. How much should I tip guides in Cambodia?
As an estimate, $7-10 per day would be about right for a good job (more for something special) with less than a whole day at a pro rata rate.
2. What about tipping for drivers?
Your driver will also be happy to accept a tip – generally about 2/3 of what you give to the guide.
Small tips (around a dollar or equivalent) for hotel staff or porters are commonplace and generally all tips are appreciated whatever their value. A dollar or so for their help is a good guideline.
There’s no standard amount to give at restaurants although 10% of the total bill is a good idea. If you weren’t satisfied with the service, don’t feel obliged to leave anything said.
5. Motos/ tuk tuks
Tipping a moto or tuk tuk driver is unusual but if you feel they’ve done a good job feel free to give $ 1-2.
If you wanted to talk to an expert about planning your Cambodia 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 travel guide for more insider tips and insights: