At all religious institutions in South-east Asia, dress modestly. That means no low-cut or backless tops, miniskirts and shorts; the shoulders and knees should be covered. If you are visiting Hindu temples, do not wear or carry anything made of leather.
America has a reputation for generous tipping. But in some countries, especially in Southeast Asia, this could be confusing. Although tipping is not customary, tourist areas there still expect tips regardless.
Tipping can make even the most experienced of travellers a little uneasy: Is it appropriate to tip? If so, how much? And who should you tip?
Vietnam — To Tip or not to Tip? Judging from recent debates on the Tripadvisor Vietnam forum, tipping is a hot topic amongst travellers to Vietnam. Should I tip? If so, who should I tip?
We frequently get takeout from our favorite Chinese restaurant. There is no tip jar on the counter, and the owner has never even hinted that we should add a gratuity to the check. Is that wrong?
The list below contains tipping guides for at the moment 20 Asian countries and is based on over 80 sources, including TripAdvisor forums, Business Insider, Conde Nast Traveler and the websites of the official tourism boards. For what concerns tipping hotel staff, the tips mostly apply top mid-range to higher end hotels. Check out tipping etiquette around the world for the continent of your choice.
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Answer: In recognition of the good service, tipping waiters and maids in high-level western restaurants, guides and drivers from an organized tour group, as well as bellhops who take your luggage to the room has become gradually accepted as common practice in China as elsewhere in the world. But it is still unnecessary to tip when taking a taxi, hiring a car or dining in Chinese restaurants. Must I tip when I enjoy the good service?