In Malaysia, Tipping is not a frequent practice. Check out tipping etiquette or how to tip in Malaysia.


The practice of tipping is not essentially followed in Malaysia. It depends utterly on your wish, whether you want to give a tip or not. In many countries, tipping is considered a significant part of social etiquette. For sure, there is nothing wrong if you grant a tip, in fact the person will be more than happy to accept it. People like waiters, porters, room-service boys, cabbies etc, are usually shown gratitude by giving a tip for their services. Though tipping is not necessary in Malaysia, you can bestow tip for the admirable services of service providers. Since tipping depends on your wish, its amount cannot be specified too. Check out the given rules and guidelines for tipping in Malaysia.
  • Nearly all hotels and restaurants charge service charges into the bill. So, it's unnecessary to give tip. If you really want to leave a tip, pay at least 10% of the bill, or else leave the change.
  • There are metered taxis in big cities. For the first two kilometers, they charge RM2 and then, 10 sen for every succeeding 200m. If you're traveling between midnight and 6am, be ready to pay a surcharge of 5% on the amount. Moreover, if you want to tip the driver, it could be RM5-10.
  • While checking-out from the hotel, tips can be given to porter and room service staff.
  • If you're taking services of a tourist guide, a reasonable tip can also be granted to him.
  • In case you have signed up a taxi for a few days, a tip of about RM 25-50 can be given to the driver.

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