Bangkok vs Bucharest vs Cape Town

Bangkok 🇹🇭
Bucharest 🇷🇴
Cape Town 🇿🇦
Population 5,680,000 1,830,000 4,617,560
Official language(s) Thai Romanian Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English
Level of English Low High Very high
Main airport Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
Most common months to visit January - March, November, December April - October March - May, September - November
Currency THB - Thai Baht (฿) RON - Romanian Leu (L) ZAR - South African Rand (R)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1792 $1581 $1862
Rent $708 $720 $743
Groceries $220 $133 $155
Dining out $193 $193 $324
Cafe $51 $44 $39
Coworking space $146 $156 $181
Mobile internet $27 $8 $32
Public transportation $36 $25 $66
Taxis $21 $10 $25
Shared bicycles and scooters $19 $30 $59
Sport and cultural events $53 $34 $23
Museums and sights $24 $34 $18
Nightlife $58 $53 $52
Gym $110 $36 $43
Yoga $112 $69 $67
Massage $12 $37 $37
SIM card options AIS Vodafone, Orange MTN, Vodacom
Tipping 10% for restaurants, bars and services 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Grab Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Bolt
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Meat and fish dishes, vegetables, noodles and soup Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautéed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals.
Local food specialities Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Sarmale, mămăligă, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbă de burtă, covrig, papanasi Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow
Eat like a local Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 416 listings on Happy Cow 33 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow