Bangkok vs Cape Town vs Larnaca

Bangkok 🇹🇭
Cape Town 🇿🇦
Larnaca 🇨🇾
Population 5,680,000 4,617,560 144,900
Official language(s) Thai Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Greek
Level of English Low Very high High
Main airport Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Larnaca International Airport (LCA)
Most common months to visit January - March, November, December March - May, September - November March - May, October - December
Currency THB - Thai Baht (฿) ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (€)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1562 $1523 $1922
Rent $617 $608 $665
Groceries $192 $127 $154
Dining out $168 $265 $256
Cafe $45 $32 $55
Coworking space $128 $148 $205
Mobile internet $23 $26 $35
Public transportation $32 $54 $61
Taxis $19 $20 $41
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $48 $44
Sport and cultural events $46 $19 $28
Museums and sights $21 $14 $8
Nightlife $50 $43 $107
Gym $96 $35 $105
Yoga $98 $55 $103
Massage $11 $30 $53
SIM card options AIS MTN, Vodacom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN
Tipping 10% for restaurants, bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars
Taxi apps Grab Uber, Bolt nTaxi
Tap water Not drinkable 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. Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well..
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 Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka
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 Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too.
Vegetarian / vegan options 416 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available