Austin vs Bangkok vs Bucharest vs Lisbon

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
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Population 926,426 5,680,000 1,830,000 517,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) Thai Romanian Portuguese
Level of English Very high Low High Very high
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, November, December April - October March - May, September, October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) RON - Romanian Leu (L) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1678 $1462 $2147
Rent $1650 $663 $665 $1045
Groceries $243 $206 $123 $147
Dining out $396 $181 $178 $294
Cafe $66 $48 $41 $40
Coworking space $331 $137 $144 $177
Mobile internet $40 $25 $8 $26
Public transportation $110 $34 $23 $68
Taxis $73 $20 $10 $29
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $18 $27 $19
Sport and cultural events $54 $50 $31 $32
Museums and sights $11 $23 $32 $26
Nightlife $124 $54 $49 $51
Gym $62 $103 $33 $70
Yoga $139 $105 $64 $70
Massage $89 $11 $34 $54
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. AIS Vodafone, Orange Vodafone
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% for restaurants, bars and services 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab Star Taxi, Uber Uber, 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 Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 416 listings on Happy Cow 33 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow