Austin vs Barcelona vs Chiang Mai

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Population 926,426 5,585,556 1,166,978
Official language(s) English (de facto) Catalan, Spanish Thai
Level of English Very high High Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - June, September - November November - April
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost evewhere Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places.
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $2776 $1119
Rent $1650 $1085 $315
Groceries $243 $141 $194
Dining out $396 $469 $124
Cafe $66 $52 $51
Coworking space $331 $248 $109
Mobile internet $40 $12 $12
Public transportation $110 $148 $69
Taxis $73 $56 $23
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $28 $11
Sport and cultural events $54 $95 $9
Museums and sights $11 $39 $9
Nightlife $124 $130 $72
Gym $62 $95 $47
Yoga $139 $108 $64
Massage $89 $69 $11
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Movistar AIS, DTAC
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Cabify, FreeNow Grab
Tap water 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. Catalan cuisine makes extensive use of Mediterranean vegetables, legumes mixed with pork in its many varieties, chicken and fish. Regularly mixes sweet and savory flavors in specific dishes. This cuisine is known for being bold in flavor and striking in color, with a variety of specific regional dishes found the culinary hub that is Barcelona. 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 Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo 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 Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 98 options on HappyCow 90 options on HappyCow