Austin vs Bangkok vs Bogota vs Rio de Janeiro

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Bogota ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 926,426 5,680,000 10,978,360 6,718,903
Official language(s) English (de facto) Thai Spanish Portuguese
Level of English Very high Low Low Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) El Dorado International Airport (BOG) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, November, December January - March, December January - March, December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) COP - Colombian Peso ($) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1560 $1097 $1833
Rent $1650 $616 $480 $1066
Groceries $243 $191 $82 $95
Dining out $396 $168 $174 $210
Cafe $66 $45 $22 $25
Coworking space $331 $127 $77 $130
Mobile internet $40 $23 $11 $7
Public transportation $110 $32 $23 $33
Taxis $73 $19 $28 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $17 $17 $16
Sport and cultural events $54 $46 $22 $55
Museums and sights $11 $21 $7 $26
Nightlife $124 $50 $46 $54
Gym $62 $96 $15 $31
Yoga $139 $98 $57 $40
Massage $89 $11 $37 $32
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. AIS Tigo, Movistar, Claro Tim, Claro, Vivo
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% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab Uber, Cabify Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water 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. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
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 Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
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. The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 416 listings on Happy Cow 104 options on Happy Cow 54 options on Happy Cow