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When you are visiting a place like Bali for the first time you start to wonder about what is customary in that country in this case island. One of those questions is tipping in Bali expected. You should remember that the wages in Indonesia and in particular Bali are quite low, especially for those that work in shops, hotels, drivers, and tour guides. So, do you tip in Bali, and is tipping in Bali expected?

No, in Bali you are not expected to tip and it is not mandatory. There are restaurants that do add a service charge to the bill that can range from 5% to 20%. Some taxi drivers may demand a tip but just say no. The wages for locals in Bali are quite low, it is appreciated when you leave a small tip when you receive good service.

In this post, we will go through is tipping expected in Bali and do you tip in Bali. Let’s get started!

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Do You Tip In Bali?

No, Indonesia, and in particular Bali is not a tipping country. It is not expected nor mandatory to tip in Bali. Some restaurants may add a service charge to the total bill.

While taxi drivers do not expect a tip but it is common for them to round up the fare. And in some cases, taxi drivers may demand a tip. There are places where you might wonder if you need to leave a tip. These are as follows.

  • Restaurants.
  • Street Food.
  • Bars.
  • Tour Guides.
  • Hotel.
  • Taxis.

Restaurants

At small restaurants, family-owned restaurants, and cafe shops, tipping is generally not expected. The more fancy or upscale the restaurant is they will more than likely add a service charge of roughly around 5 to 20% tip to the total bill automatically.

Whether the waiter or waitress gets any of that service charge is debatable. Either way, if you had a positive experience and you want to leave a tip, give the tip directly to the person you want to tip. You shouldn’t just leave it on the table.

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Street Food

You do not need to tip the street food vendors when buying street food. If you really want to leave a tip you will have to tell them or just give them the tip after the transaction.

Bars

The staff working in bars in Bali generally depend on tips. Simply if receive a good service, leaving a tip is appreciated.

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Tour Guides

Being a tour guide is a thankless job. They have to entertain everyone in the group and try to keep everyone happy. And do it will a simile.

Depending on your experience of the tour and properly the length of the tour. Hand the tip to the tour guide discreetly at the end of your tour. Roughly the tip to your tour guide can roughly be around 5 to 15%.

Hotels

Generally tipping in hotels is not expected but for more fancy upmarket hotels it is expected. Whether you want to leave a tip to the porters, maids, cleaners, etc.. this is entirely up to you if the service has been great.

If you want to tip the maids and cleaners. You can do so by leaving a tip and envelope in your room somewhere with a note.

Taxis

There’s no expectation to tip a taxi driver in Bali but some taxi drivers may demand a tip so just refuse to pay the tip. Taxis are known for their scams, particularly with not using the meter and charging high fees for their services plus they tend to try and upsell something to tourists.

With taxi-hailing apps like Grab being available has made life easier. Just round up the fare, so the driver gets a small tip.

Do You Tip Grab Drivers In Bali?

This is entirely up to you but it is not expected. You can tip the Grab driver after the trip and you have up to 72 hours after the trip to give a tip. You can also tip the driver in cash your driver by tipping in cash.

Grab App

What Is A Reasonable Tip In Bali?

A fair tip to leave if you get a good service would be around 5% to 10% of the total bill is considered a fair amount. You will have to judge whether to give higher than 5% or to go lower.

How Much Is A Good Tip In Bali?

Tipping around 10% of the total bill is a really good tip in Bali. Remember that if eating at a more upmarket restaurant that will have a service charge and the bill is higher, you can ignore the 10% rule.

Wrapping Up

Finally, in Bali, you are not expected to tip and it is not mandatory. There are restaurants that do add a service charge to the bill that can range from 5% to 20%. Some taxi drivers may demand a tip but just say no. The wages for locals in Bali are quite low, it is appreciated when you leave a small tip when you receive good service.

5% to 10% of the total bill is generally a fair tip if you feel they provided a good service.

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on do you tip in Bali has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.

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