Should you tip on a Halong Bay cruise?

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Halong Bay Cruise tipping guide

After an enjoyable cruise in Halong Bay, you are wonder if it’s necessary to tip the excellent staff on board? This guide will provide an overview look of Halong bay cruises tipping and the proper amount you should tip. 


Tipping is not mandatory on a Halong Bay Cruise and there’s no fixed policies that force you to do so. Though this culture is getting more popular in Halong Bay, the decision to tip is completely up to you and the staff would be completely fine with that. 

However, the cruise staff would always appreciate a small tip, as a recognition of their hard work. If you look through all the inclusions and exclusions of a Halong Bay cruise package, you could find that tips are not a part of the price you paid. If you’re satisfied with the services delivered by the cruise staff, it would be nice to tip them. 

The amount is also flexible. In most cases, a tip of 2 USD to 4 USD (50,000 VND to 100,000 VND) for the staff member that you impressed with 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. These amount will be shared equally later at the end of the month to all the staff.

If you’re on a tight budget, even 20,000 vnd (1 USD) works. The staff will always take it as a kind gesture, no matter how small it is maybe.

It’s also worth noting that beside a tip, a constructive and honest feedback at the end of the stay would also be great help for the entire staff to improve themselves in the future. 

Update 07th Dec 2023

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