Austin vs Bangkok vs Chiang Mai vs Valencia

Austin 🇺🇸
Bangkok 🇹🇭
Chiang Mai 🇹🇭
Valencia 🇪🇸
Population 926,426 5,680,000 1,166,978 834,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) Thai Thai Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Very high Low Low Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, November, December November - April March - June, September, October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) THB - Thai Baht (฿) THB - Thai Baht (฿) EUR - Euro (€)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1560 $974 $1976
Rent $1650 $616 $274 $869
Groceries $243 $191 $169 $146
Dining out $396 $168 $108 $292
Cafe $66 $45 $45 $42
Coworking space $331 $127 $95 $152
Mobile internet $40 $23 $11 $16
Public transportation $110 $32 $60 $38
Taxis $73 $19 $20 $42
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $17 $10 $30
Sport and cultural events $54 $46 $8 $73
Museums and sights $11 $21 $8 $44
Nightlife $124 $50 $62 $66
Gym $62 $96 $41 $34
Yoga $139 $98 $55 $87
Massage $89 $11 $10 $45
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. AIS AIS, DTAC Vodafone, Orange
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 Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab Grab Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable 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. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
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 Paella, fideuà, esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
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 Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 416 listings on Happy Cow 90 options on HappyCow 98 listings on Happy Cow