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In the United Kingdom, tipping is completely up to the individual whereas in other countries such as the United States tipping is commonplace and expected. When visiting Thailand you should know that tipping is not customary and there is no requirement for anyone to tip. Thailand is one of the only countries where tourists can visit and never see a service provider have their hands out waiting for a tip. It really is quite refreshing.
One of the main reasons why Thai service providers such as taxi drivers don’t expect a tip is because rates tend to include an additional fee already. When you ride in a taxi, if the fare comes to 47 baht the charge is normally rounded up to 50 baht. Most hotels and restaurants that you visit will include a 10% service charge which is added to the bill. These tips tend to be shared among staff at the end of the month.
Why Tipping Is Always Good
Tipping in hotels is again not expected but always appreciated. The tip can be as small as you like but it is a good show of gratitude to leave a tip for your porter and cleaners. Spas and massage parlours tend to receive bigger tips for their service, whilst in small local eating spots where the additional 10% service charge hasn’t been added it is customary to leave a few loose coins
Just something to consider when you are in Thailand and have recieved good customer service is that the majority of the workers in the hospitality sector in Thailand are paid very little. A tip of 50 thb which converts to £1.14 may be a very small amount for you, but for a local could really help them out. Of course, if you are not happy with the service you receive, you are free not to tip at all.
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Night markets are great places to buy local goods, but what most people miss is how night markets in Bangkok are amongst the easiest and most fun ways of interacting with the local residents. Learn more about the culture as you look at the wide selection of good and products, snacks and entertainment that are on offer. If you are good at negotiating as the sun goes down there are some incredible bargains to be had especially with the number of markets across the capital.
Each year, newer and larger night markets open in Bangkok. With the original market still highly popular the new competition means you can visit markets to find specific goods. Some with specialising in handcrafted products whereas other night markets may have a host of clothes perfect for those vintage fashion fantastic. Deciding which night markets are amongst the best really depends on what goods you are looking but here are our personal favourites.
Rod Fair Market
Rod Fai Market which is also known as the Train Market is an authentic open-air market which is famed for its amazing range of vintage collectables. From antique furniture to hippy fashion, the three sections of the huge market mean that you can find almost anything from yesteryear, just by searching through the stalls. Open Thursday to Sunday, head down to Srinakarin Soi 51 and get searching for that retro leather jacket or 1960s action figures.
Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market
Not your conventional night market consider the centre is based around the shell of an old Airbus, Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market has combined a good selection of shops with food stalls. The market itself has a very modern and urban feel with a number of unique art pieces made from recycled goods being located around the market. The concept of the market is that nothing is useless, so if you want to check out some wacky, usual products head down to 462 Sirindhorn Road.
JJ Green Night Market may just be the most chilled and relaxed market in the capital despite only being down the road from the huge Chatuchak Weekend Market. The night market is great because its part vintage flea market and part place to have a drink and hang out with friends. From Thursday to Sunday from 5 pm to 12 pm the market is a must visit and even though the bars are open after midnight this is when you will find that the market starts to become a lot busier. So get down to 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3 for the most relaxed shopping experience in Bangkok.
Khaosan Shopping on Khao San Road is at the centre of the backpacker’s universe. The market is complete with fun and useful things to spend your money on. With travel shops where you can purchase trips and stalls to book tickets and travel, it really is a spot where you will find hundreds of tourists. Open daily from 3 pm to 2 am you always have a place to buy those travel essentials that you have run out of before heading on to the next stage of your adventure.