Bucharest vs Budapest vs Chiang Mai

Bucharest 🇷🇴
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Chiang Mai 🇹🇭
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Population 1,830,000 1,768,073 1,166,978
Official language(s) Romanian Hungarian Thai
Level of English High High Low
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Most common months to visit April - October March - June, September - November November - April
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) THB - Thai Baht (฿)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places.
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1462 $1476 $1048
Rent $665 $599 $295
Groceries $123 $129 $182
Dining out $178 $243 $116
Cafe $41 $35 $48
Coworking space $144 $144 $102
Mobile internet $8 $11 $11
Public transportation $23 $44 $64
Taxis $10 $33 $21
Shared bicycles and scooters $27 $16 $11
Sport and cultural events $31 $29 $8
Museums and sights $32 $9 $8
Nightlife $49 $51 $67
Gym $33 $45 $44
Yoga $64 $58 $60
Massage $34 $31 $11
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange Vodafone, Telenor AIS, DTAC
Tipping 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi Grab
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. Magyar cuisine makes extensive use of creams, cheeses and sauces primarily in beef, chicken and pork dishes, mixed with seasonal vegetables, fruits and rich desserts. 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 Sarmale, mămăligă, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbă de burtă, covrig, papanasi Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food
Vegetarian / vegan options 33 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 90 options on HappyCow