Austin vs Bangkok vs Budapest vs Chiang Mai

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Budapest ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ
Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Population 926,426 5,680,000 1,768,073 1,166,978
Official language(s) English (de facto) Thai Hungarian Thai
Level of English Very high Low High Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, November, December March - June, September - November November - April
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places.
Remote worker visa No No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1560 $1230 $974
Rent $1650 $616 $499 $274
Groceries $243 $191 $108 $169
Dining out $396 $168 $202 $108
Cafe $66 $45 $29 $45
Coworking space $331 $127 $120 $95
Mobile internet $40 $23 $9 $11
Public transportation $110 $32 $36 $60
Taxis $73 $19 $27 $20
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $17 $13 $10
Sport and cultural events $54 $46 $24 $8
Museums and sights $11 $21 $7 $8
Nightlife $124 $50 $43 $62
Gym $62 $96 $37 $41
Yoga $139 $98 $48 $55
Massage $89 $11 $26 $10
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. AIS Vodafone, Telenor AIS, DTAC
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% for restaurants, bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab Bolt, Fotaxi Grab
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable 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 Magyar cuisine makes extensive use of creams, cheeses and sauces primarily in beef, chicken and pork dishes, mixed with seasonal vegetables, fruits and rich desserts. Combines salty, sweet, spicy and sour flavors to create bold and colorful dishes. Meals typically include a mixture of meat and seafood dishes, as well as noodles or soups recipes. Strong emphasis on local spices and vegetables.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Fล‘zelรฉk, Somloi Galuska, Pรถrkรถlt and Paprikรกs, Kรผrtรถs Kalรกcs, Hungarian Lecsรณ, Lรกngos Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Local markets, cafรฉs, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 416 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 90 options on HappyCow