Buenos Aires vs Chiang Mai vs Medellin

Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Medellin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
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Population 2,900,000 1,166,978 2,427,000
Official language(s) Spanish Thai Spanish
Level of English High Low Low
Main airport Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Josรฉ Marรญa Cรณrdova International Airport (MDE)
Most common months to visit September - December November - April January - April, December
Currency ARS - Argentine Peso ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) COP - Colombian Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1255 $976 $1262
Rent $802 $274 $714
Groceries $93 $169 $85
Dining out $115 $108 $128
Cafe $24 $45 $17
Coworking space $90 $95 $94
Mobile internet $11 $11 $15
Public transportation $8 $60 $20
Taxis $9 $20 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $13 $10 $0
Sport and cultural events $23 $8 $8
Museums and sights $4 $8 $8
Nightlife $22 $62 $71
Gym $14 $41 $15
Yoga $18 $56 $52
Massage $10 $10 $20
SIM card options Movistar, Claro, Personal AIS, DTAC Claro, Tigo
Tipping 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere Tip 10% in restaurants
Taxi apps Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) Grab EasyTaxi
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall 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. A blend of indigenous and European traditions with rice, maize, cassava, assorted legumes, and meats
Local food specialities 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 Bandeja paisa, ajiaco, mondongo, empanada, and arepa
Eat like a local 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 Street stalls for empanada and arepa with cheese, restaurants for traditional Colombian food
Vegetarian / vegan options 79 options on Happy Cow 90 options on HappyCow 153 listings on Happy Cow