Austin vs Bangkok vs Bogota vs Cape Town vs Ubud

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Bogota ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
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Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
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Population 926,426 5,680,000 10,978,360 4,617,560 112,490
Official language(s) English (de facto) Thai Spanish Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Very high Low Low Very high Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) El Dorado International Airport (BOG) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, November, December January - March, December March - May, September - November May - October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) COP - Colombian Peso ($) ZAR - South African Rand (R) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa No No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1560 $1097 $1549 $1363
Rent $1650 $616 $480 $618 $658
Groceries $243 $191 $82 $129 $150
Dining out $396 $168 $174 $269 $10
Cafe $66 $45 $22 $32 $28
Coworking space $331 $127 $77 $151 $106
Mobile internet $40 $23 $11 $27 $3
Public transportation $110 $32 $23 $55 $53
Taxis $73 $19 $28 $21 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $17 $17 $49 $33
Sport and cultural events $54 $46 $22 $19 $14
Museums and sights $11 $21 $7 $15 $9
Nightlife $124 $50 $46 $43 $118
Gym $62 $96 $15 $36 $72
Yoga $139 $98 $57 $56 $87
Massage $89 $11 $37 $30 $10
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. AIS Tigo, Movistar, Claro MTN, Vodacom Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% for restaurants, bars and services 10% service included in all bills, not required or expected at bars without table service 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab Uber, Cabify Uber, Bolt Grab, GoJek
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Meat and fish dishes, vegetables, noodles and soup Latin American. Dishes with beef, pork and chicken are often mixed with flour-based foods and fruity desserts. Heavy influence from the Andes and other Colombian regions. South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautรฉed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. Balinese foods revolve on the complex flavors from certain ingredients like fresh vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and time-tested spices mixture.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Arepas, ajiaco santaferense, buรฑuelos, patacones, tรฉ de coca, changua Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Satay, nasi goreng, gado-gado, martabak, bubur sumsum
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Local family restaurants and those from other regions. Menรบ del dรญa. Community markets and sports bars. Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Warung for authentic babi guling and bebek betutu, cafes for kopi luwak, street stalls for pisang goreng, nasi campur, and sate lilit
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 416 listings on Happy Cow 104 options on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 255 listings on Happy Cow