Austin vs Bangkok vs Chiang Mai vs Hanoi

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Population 926,426 5,680,000 1,166,978 8,053,663
Official language(s) English (de facto) Thai Thai Vietnamese
Level of English Very high Low Low Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, November, December November - April January, February, October - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred.
Remote worker visa No No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1560 $974 $1167
Rent $1650 $616 $274 $503
Groceries $243 $191 $169 $151
Dining out $396 $168 $108 $134
Cafe $66 $45 $45 $39
Coworking space $331 $127 $95 $72
Mobile internet $40 $23 $11 $4
Public transportation $110 $32 $60 $20
Taxis $73 $19 $20 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $17 $10 $0
Sport and cultural events $54 $46 $8 $3
Museums and sights $11 $21 $8 $4
Nightlife $124 $50 $62 $89
Gym $62 $96 $41 $57
Yoga $139 $98 $55 $57
Massage $89 $11 $10 $21
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. AIS AIS, DTAC Viettel, Mobifone
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% for restaurants, bars and services 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%.
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab Grab Grab, GoViet
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 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. A mix of French, Southeast Asian and Chinese with lots of fresh herbs and spices. Northern Vietnam cuisine includes a lot of fish and noodles.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 416 listings on Happy Cow 90 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow