Barbados vs Bucharest vs Buenos Aires vs Chiang Mai

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
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Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Population 110,000 1,830,000 2,900,000 1,166,978
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Romanian Spanish Thai
Level of English Very high High High Low
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Most common months to visit November - May April - October September - December November - April
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) RON - Romanian Leu (L) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places.
Remote worker visa Yes No No No
Average monthly costs $2702 $1351 $1321 $974
Rent $1054 $615 $844 $274
Groceries $234 $114 $98 $169
Dining out $345 $165 $121 $108
Cafe $75 $38 $25 $45
Coworking space $321 $133 $95 $95
Mobile internet $49 $7 $11 $11
Public transportation $35 $21 $9 $60
Taxis $106 $9 $9 $20
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $25 $14 $10
Sport and cultural events $37 $29 $24 $8
Museums and sights $36 $29 $4 $8
Nightlife $96 $45 $23 $62
Gym $86 $30 $14 $41
Yoga $130 $59 $19 $55
Massage $99 $31 $10 $10
SIM card options Digicel Vodafone, Orange Movistar, Claro, Personal AIS, DTAC
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere
Taxi apps None available Star Taxi, Uber Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) Grab
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Bajan cuisine features an eclectic mix of European, Asian, and Caribbean styles resulting in bold, tasty and crunchy meat or fish dishes with lots of spices, lime juice, thyme and salads laden with local vegetables and hot side dishes. Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. Argentinian style with an emphasis on red meats, pastries, and Italian-inspired options 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.
Local food specialities Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua
Eat like a local Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Local restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafรฉs for matรฉ and facturas Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 79 options on Happy Cow 90 options on HappyCow