Bangkok vs Barcelona vs Bucharest vs Chiang Mai vs Seoul vs Valencia

Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 5,680,000 5,585,556 1,830,000 1,166,978 9,963,452 834,000
Official language(s) Thai Catalan, Spanish Romanian Thai Korean Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Low High High Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Incheon International Airport (ICN) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit January - March, November, December April - June, September - November April - October November - April March - May, September - November March - June, September, October
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) RON - Romanian Leu (L) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost evewhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1560 $2384 $1351 $974 $2184 $1976
Rent $616 $932 $615 $274 $797 $869
Groceries $191 $121 $114 $169 $356 $146
Dining out $168 $403 $165 $108 $211 $292
Cafe $45 $45 $38 $45 $69 $42
Coworking space $127 $213 $133 $95 $222 $152
Mobile internet $23 $10 $7 $11 $40 $16
Public transportation $32 $127 $21 $60 $40 $38
Taxis $19 $48 $9 $20 $41 $42
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $24 $25 $10 $13 $30
Sport and cultural events $46 $81 $29 $8 $39 $73
Museums and sights $21 $33 $29 $8 $6 $44
Nightlife $50 $112 $45 $62 $93 $66
Gym $96 $81 $30 $41 $69 $34
Yoga $98 $93 $59 $55 $112 $87
Massage $11 $59 $31 $10 $75 $45
SIM card options AIS Vodafone, Movistar Vodafone, Orange AIS, DTAC 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% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere Not customary or expected Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Grab Cabify, FreeNow Star Taxi, Uber Grab 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. 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. 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 Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua 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 Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food 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 90 options on HappyCow 57 options on Happy Cow 98 listings on Happy Cow