Bangkok vs Chiang Mai vs Mexico City

Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 5,680,000 1,166,978 8,850,000
Official language(s) Thai Thai Spanish
Level of English Low Low Moderate
Main airport Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Most common months to visit January - March, November, December November - April March - May, October, November
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Widely accepted (less with AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1643 $1026 $1827
Rent $649 $289 $761
Groceries $202 $178 $275
Dining out $177 $113 $178
Cafe $47 $47 $48
Coworking space $134 $100 $156
Mobile internet $24 $11 $24
Public transportation $33 $63 $11
Taxis $20 $21 $8
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $10 $23
Sport and cultural events $49 $8 $80
Museums and sights $22 $8 $19
Nightlife $53 $66 $63
Gym $101 $43 $67
Yoga $103 $58 $64
Massage $11 $10 $49
SIM card options AIS AIS, DTAC Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 10% for restaurants, bars and services 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services
Taxi apps Grab Grab Uber
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Meat and fish dishes, vegetables, noodles and soup 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. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese
Local food specialities Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas
Eat like a local Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus)
Vegetarian / vegan options 416 listings on Happy Cow 90 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow