Halong Bay Cruise Tipping

Travelling Halong Bay by cruise would definitely be a unique experience that you should not miss if Vietnam is on your check list. And at some points, you might wonder if you are supposed to tip on Halong Bay cruises.


Do I have to tip on my Halong Bay cruise?


The answer is no. Tipping is not mandatory on a Halong Bay cruise or even in Vietnam in general. Though tipping culture is getting popular in Halong Bay or big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, a tip should be nothing more than a customary decision of yours.

halong bay cruise tipping
Tipping is not mandatory on a Halong Bay cruise

However, the cruise staff would always appreciate a small tip. If you look through all the inclusions and exclusions of a Halong Bay cruise package, you could find that no tips are included in the rate. If you’re satisfied with the services delivered by the cruise staff, it would be nice to tip them a small amount. It’s not just about money; sometimes it’s a recognition for their hard work.


How much should I tip on Halong Bay cruises?


It’s depend on you. In most cases, a tip of 2 USD to 4 USD (50,000 VND to 100,000 VND) per staff member would be a reasonable and decent amount. If you’re satisfied with the overall services, you could put 4 USD to 8 USD (100,000 VND to 200,000 VND) into the tip box for the entire cruise staff at the end of your stay.

If you’re on a tight budget, even 20,000 vnd (1 USD) works. The staff will always appreciate your gesture, no matter how small.


Who should I tip?


  • Tour guide
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Housekeeping

The cruise captain or manager is not expected to tip.


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