Thailand: Prosperous Entertaining – Part 2

2015-06-12

More tips

If, as a foreigner, you want to host a meal and pay for it, a good trick is to arrange for the restaurant to present the bill only to you and at a specified time, away from the table. This way you may avoid an embarrassing situation with the Thai guests wanting to pay because you are the visitor to Thailand.

If eating a quick meal with Thai staff, such as a quick lunch at a local food market, it is common to split the bill based on what each person ate.

The bill is nearly always settled at the end of the meal.

If a service charge is included, then no tip is needed. Tips don’t need to be any more than 10% of the bill, and change will normally be given in a series of smaller bills if you pay cash. A tip of between 10 and 50 baht is more than satisfactory.

If you pay by credit card, then a small amount of between 10 and 50 baht is appreciated.

Anytime is a good time to eat, and food can almost always be found at any time of the day, especially in Bangkok.

Typically, meals are eaten at around 7 a.m., 12 p.m., and between 6 and 8 p.m. for dinner.

Submit a Comment on this Article