Bangkok vs Barcelona vs Bucharest vs Cape Town vs Seoul vs Valencia

Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 5,680,000 5,585,556 1,830,000 4,617,560 9,963,452 834,000
Official language(s) Thai Catalan, Spanish Romanian Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Korean Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Low High High Very high Moderate Moderate
Main airport Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Incheon International Airport (ICN) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit January - March, November, December April - June, September - November April - October March - May, September - November March - May, September - November March - June, September, October
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) RON - Romanian Leu (L) ZAR - South African Rand (R) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost evewhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1560 $2384 $1351 $1549 $2184 $1976
Rent $616 $932 $615 $618 $797 $869
Groceries $191 $121 $114 $129 $356 $146
Dining out $168 $403 $165 $269 $211 $292
Cafe $45 $45 $38 $32 $69 $42
Coworking space $127 $213 $133 $151 $222 $152
Mobile internet $23 $10 $7 $27 $40 $16
Public transportation $32 $127 $21 $55 $40 $38
Taxis $19 $48 $9 $21 $41 $42
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $24 $25 $49 $13 $30
Sport and cultural events $46 $81 $29 $19 $39 $73
Museums and sights $21 $33 $29 $15 $6 $44
Nightlife $50 $112 $45 $43 $93 $66
Gym $96 $81 $30 $36 $69 $34
Yoga $98 $93 $59 $56 $112 $87
Massage $11 $59 $31 $30 $75 $45
SIM card options AIS Vodafone, Movistar Vodafone, Orange MTN, Vodacom KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 10% for restaurants, bars and services 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Not customary or expected Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Grab Cabify, FreeNow Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Bolt Uber, Kakao Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Meat and fish dishes, vegetables, noodles and soup 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. Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautรฉed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 416 listings on Happy Cow 98 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 57 options on Happy Cow 98 listings on Happy Cow