Barbados vs Chiang Mai vs Mexico City

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 110,000 1,166,978 8,850,000
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Thai Spanish
Level of English Very high Low Moderate
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Most common months to visit November - May November - April March - May, October, November
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Widely accepted (less with AMEX)
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $2702 $974 $1867
Rent $1054 $274 $778
Groceries $234 $169 $281
Dining out $345 $108 $182
Cafe $75 $45 $49
Coworking space $321 $95 $159
Mobile internet $49 $11 $25
Public transportation $35 $60 $11
Taxis $106 $20 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $10 $24
Sport and cultural events $37 $8 $81
Museums and sights $36 $8 $20
Nightlife $96 $62 $64
Gym $86 $41 $69
Yoga $130 $55 $65
Massage $99 $10 $51
SIM card options Digicel AIS, DTAC Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services
Taxi apps None available Grab Uber
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Bajan cuisine features an eclectic mix of European, Asian, and Caribbean styles resulting in bold, tasty and crunchy meat or fish dishes with lots of spices, lime juice, thyme and salads laden with local vegetables and hot side dishes. 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. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese
Local food specialities Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas
Eat like a local Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus)
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 90 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow