Bangkok vs Cape Town

Bangkok 🇹🇭
Cape Town 🇿🇦
Population 5,680,000 4,617,560
Official language(s) Thai Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English
Level of English Low Very high
Main airport Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
Most common months to visit January - March, November, December March - May, September - November
Currency THB - Thai Baht (฿) ZAR - South African Rand (R)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $1794 $1800
Rent $709 $718
Groceries $220 $149
Dining out $193 $313
Cafe $52 $37
Coworking space $147 $175
Mobile internet $27 $31
Public transportation $36 $64
Taxis $21 $24
Shared bicycles and scooters $19 $57
Sport and cultural events $53 $22
Museums and sights $24 $17
Nightlife $58 $50
Gym $110 $41
Yoga $112 $65
Massage $12 $35
SIM card options AIS MTN, Vodacom
Tipping 10% for restaurants, bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Grab Uber, Bolt
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Meat and fish dishes, vegetables, noodles and soup 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 Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow
Eat like a local Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 416 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow