Austin vs Panama City vs Ubud

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
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Population 926,426 880,691 112,490
Official language(s) English (de facto) Spanish Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Very high Low Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November December - April May - October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $2372 $1371
Rent $1650 $1042 $662
Groceries $243 $237 $151
Dining out $396 $373 $10
Cafe $66 $43 $28
Coworking space $331 $158 $106
Mobile internet $40 $21 $3
Public transportation $110 $12 $54
Taxis $73 $48 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $0 $34
Sport and cultural events $54 $35 $14
Museums and sights $11 $9 $9
Nightlife $124 $117 $118
Gym $62 $37 $72
Yoga $139 $164 $88
Massage $89 $75 $10
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Claro, Movistar Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Tu Chofer Grab, GoJek
Tap water 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. Latin American. Emphasis on rice, beans, coconut, and local fruits and vegetables. Pork and beef are regularly used and influence from the islands gives seafood dishes a prominent spot in Panamanian cuisine. Balinese foods revolve on the complex flavors from certain ingredients like fresh vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and time-tested spices mixture.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Satay, nasi goreng, gado-gado, martabak, bubur sumsum
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Warung for authentic babi guling and bebek betutu, cafes for kopi luwak, street stalls for pisang goreng, nasi campur, and sate lilit
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow 255 listings on Happy Cow