Tipping CULTURE In Bangladesh

  Arafat Rasul           14 Jul, 2017

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Tipping in Bangladesh

We get asked a lot of time on How much to Tip in Bangladesh? at different instances. This article can be used as a rough guide on how much you should be tipping in Bangladesh and at which instances.

 

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Tipping at Restaurant(s)

If eating a small meal, breakfast or snacks with bill amounts less than BDT 300 Taka, then a 10% tip (or 20-50 Taka) is expected/ respected. If you have small bills handy, you can tip in multiples of BDT 10 Taka notes.

On bill amounts ranging between BDT 500 Taka to BDT 1000 Taka, then you can tip around 7% to 10% of bill amount (or 50-200 Taka). For example an BDT 100 Taka tip on an BDT 1000 bill is a very good tip, you can also tip about BDT 50 Taka and that would be fine.

On bill amounts above BDT 1000 Taka, tip amount of BDT 5% to 7% is sufficient.

There are some restaurants in Dhaka and other major cities normally charge a ‘Service Charge’, when a ‘Service Charge’ is levied no tip is expected

Tipping at Hotel(s)

Tipping at hotels in Bangladesh is slightly confusing and annoying at a times. As a general rule, we encourage whenever it possible if you see a central tip box then tip cumulatively. Cumulative tip should be between 5% to 7% of the hotel tariff per night into number of days.

So if you are at a hotel that is BDT 3000 a night and staying for 3 nights, then you should tip about BDT 300-500 Taka overall. When staying at expensive hotels reduce this to between 3% to 5% of tariff amount.

Note:

  • Exclude restaurant tips from tips to hotels.
  • If you do not find a central tip box you can ask if they have one or not, if not then tip one central person at the reception and indicate this is a tip for everyone.
  • If you are a young budget traveler(s), you can tip lower or avoid tipping at hotel rooms.

Why tipping at Hotel(s) can be annoying?

Not as a rule, but often bell boy(s) will wait outside your room expecting for a tip. If you ask for a small help or task from room service, the staff(s) might wait outside the door expecting a tip from you. Another thing, when there is no central tip box we recommend avoiding tipping individually. This might mean telling a bell boy or a room service staff a polite thank you with a smile and walking away.

If in an uncomfortable situation, small notes BDT 20-50 Taka are a good tip for small tasks.

 

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Tipping multiple day, day Car Hire Driver(s) and Transfers from Airport or Taxis

At instance(s) of Airport transfers you can tip between about BDT 50-100 Taka. If you rent a car for a day to tour the city, depending on how happy you were with his service(s) you can tip him between BDT 200-500. Base this of if he gave you good local tips on places to eat, or monuments to visit. Didn’t take you to the Tourist-Trap shop(s).

If you take a taxi or a Tuk-Tuk (Rickshaw/ CNG) between point “A” to point “B” after bargain the rate, a tip is usually not expected on these instances. When you have a driver for multiple days, you should tip him between BDT 300-500 Taka per day.

Again depend on this, how happy you were with his service(s) and local knowledge.

Tipping Tour Guide(s)

You should tip a guide between BDT 500-1000 Taka per day depending on how much happy you were with their guided tour, if this is a personalized tour. But if it is a group tour BDT 300-500 Taka is a fair tip

Good to know

In Bangladesh, culturally does not have a strong tipping tradition. Where in most of the tourist places of the world tips are expected and frowned upon when not offered at all.

We do recommend tipping at different instance(s) as explained above, but tipping Higher only when you are very happy with the service.

We also encourage tipping Higher than the range specified if you feel an individual went out of his way to help you and you extremely satisfied.

 

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Below is a quick cheat sheet guide to tipping for Bangladesh tourists. 

The amount(s) may appear low, but keep in mind over-tipping can also be deemed rude. Alter suitably to fit your budget, experience and satisfaction within individual service(s).

Try to carry as many small bills BDT Taka 10, 20, 50 & 100 notes as possible. Finding change for a BDT Taka 100 when giving a tip can be considered impolite and if nothing else, awkward. Carry as much small notes as comfortable to avoid over-tipping at places that don’t require large tips.

Examples:

  • Beggars:

BDT 10 Taka maximum if anything, preferably nothing

  • Car & Driver:

Half Day BDT 200-350 Taka, BDT 500 Taka maximum.

Full Day BDT 1000 BDT maximum.

Multi-Day BDT 500 Taka per day, or as you see fit.

  • Guides (Pick-Up or Arranged):

Half Day or less BDT 300-500 Taka, BDT 500 Taka maximum.

All Day BDT 500-1000 Taka, BDT 2000 Taka maximum if the entire day was spent, no tricks to go shopping at the end, and they provided an       

extremely high level of facts/ knowledge.

  • Porters/ Bellboys/ Coolies

BDT 20 Taka per bag

  • Dorbes/ Fakir/ Sadhus:

BDT 10 Taka, BDT 20-50 Taka maximum, if asking for a photo.

  • Services (Massage, Barber):

BDT 50-200 Taka or as you wish.

  • Shoe Handler(s) at Temples/ Mosques:

BDT 5-10 Taka average, BDT 10 Taka maximum per pair.

  • Street Vendors (Food):

BDT 5-10 Taka maximum if anything.

  • Temple Offering/ Puja:

BDT 20-50 Taka, BDT 100 Taka maximum.

  • Toilet Attendants/ Pay to use Toilets:

BDT10-20 Taka maximum. Anything more is a scam.

  • Travel Agency Representative (Not Owner):

BDT 500 Taka maximum.

  • Tuk Tuk/ Cycle/ Rickshaw:

BDT 20-50 Taka maximum.

  • Waiter/ Restaurant/ Hotels:

10% or less of check total.