Barbados vs Buenos Aires vs Chiang Mai vs Porto

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
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Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Porto ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
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Population 110,000 2,900,000 1,166,978 237,559
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Thai Portuguese
Level of English Very high High Low Very High
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Francisco Sรก Carneiro International Airport (OPO)
Most common months to visit November - May September - December November - April May - September
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No Yes
Average monthly costs $2702 $1321 $974 $1759
Rent $1054 $844 $274 $717
Groceries $234 $98 $169 $148
Dining out $345 $121 $108 $280
Cafe $75 $25 $45 $45
Coworking space $321 $95 $95 $96
Mobile internet $49 $11 $11 $21
Public transportation $35 $9 $60 $95
Taxis $106 $9 $20 $25
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $14 $10 $10
Sport and cultural events $37 $24 $8 $45
Museums and sights $36 $4 $8 $24
Nightlife $96 $23 $62 $66
Gym $86 $14 $41 $56
Yoga $130 $19 $55 $82
Massage $99 $10 $10 $48
SIM card options Digicel Movistar, Claro, Personal AIS, DTAC Vodafone, MEO, NOS
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars
Taxi apps None available Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) Grab Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable 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. 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. A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts.
Local food specialities Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs 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 Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa
Eat like a local Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops 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 Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 79 options on Happy Cow 90 options on HappyCow 46 options on Happy Cow