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Tipping (Central Asia)

Tipping is customary in  Asia as recognition of exceptional service and Central Asia is no exception.

Escorted Group Tours

Tipping is customary in Asia as recognition of exceptional service and Central Asia is no exception. 

In order to avoid any inconvenience, Wendy Wu Tours operates a tipping policy where a set amount (in USD) is given to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately throughout your tour.

On multi-country tours, the tipping amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country.  If you are travelling in a smaller group with local guides only, then tipping is paid in each destination. To be fair to the guides we ask for slightly higher amounts per traveller with small groups.

The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip. The tipping kitty will cover drivers, local guides, porters, waiters and sight entry throughout the whole tour. Tipping amounts will be included in your final documents and will specify the exact tipping amount for your group.

Porterage to your room is not included. Additional tipping for luggage porterage to your room is at your discretion, however we recommend US$1-2.

Additional tipping

In participating in optional excursions, you will also need to consider additional discretionary tipping for any local guide/vendor/driver who is involved in such activities.

For Independent Travellers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements

The following table gives suggested tipping amounts per person per day:

Country Tour Guide Drivers Hotel Maid and Porterage
Central Asia US$5 US$3-5  US$1-2

For restaurants, if no service charge has been applied to the bill, we recommend 10%.