Bargaining & tips


Tips are not widely common in Thailand, despite the fact they are expected in more expensive hotels. But tipping anyone will never do any harm of course. It is common to give small change - coins. Thus, if the meal in a restaurant costs 388 Bahts and you are going to pay the bill with 500 Baht note, you will get 112 Bahts back on a tray and should leave "metal" 12 Bahts for the waiting staff to recollect them with the tray.


Price bargaining for goods is deeply rooted and typical for Thai culture, on contrary. Any wares sold on market or in shops can be haggled about. Even if you lower the price to a half of the original price, you will soon find out it was not sufficiently low and the merchant has had the edge once again.

However, bargaining about acommodation (but depends on the place), meals and "non-tourist" shops is not allowed, the prices are fixed.