Cape Town vs Chiang Mai vs Larnaca

Cape Town 🇿🇦
Chiang Mai 🇹🇭
Larnaca 🇨🇾
Population 4,617,560 1,166,978 144,900
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Thai Greek
Level of English Very high Low High
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Larnaca International Airport (LCA)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November November - April March - May, October - December
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) THB - Thai Baht (฿) EUR - Euro (€)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1781 $1063 $2218
Rent $710 $299 $768
Groceries $148 $184 $177
Dining out $310 $117 $295
Cafe $37 $49 $64
Coworking space $173 $104 $236
Mobile internet $31 $12 $40
Public transportation $63 $65 $71
Taxis $24 $22 $47
Shared bicycles and scooters $56 $11 $51
Sport and cultural events $22 $9 $32
Museums and sights $17 $8 $9
Nightlife $50 $68 $124
Gym $41 $45 $122
Yoga $64 $61 $119
Massage $35 $11 $61
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom AIS, DTAC Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt Grab nTaxi
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall 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. 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. Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well..
Local food specialities Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka
Eat like a local Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too.
Vegetarian / vegan options 24 options on HappyCow 90 options on HappyCow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available