Barcelona vs Chiang Mai vs Mexico City

Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 5,585,556 1,166,978 8,850,000
Official language(s) Catalan, Spanish Thai Spanish
Level of English High Low Moderate
Main airport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Most common months to visit April - June, September - November November - April March - May, October, November
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost evewhere Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Widely accepted (less with AMEX)
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $2776 $1119 $1924
Rent $1085 $315 $801
Groceries $141 $194 $289
Dining out $469 $124 $188
Cafe $52 $51 $51
Coworking space $248 $109 $164
Mobile internet $12 $12 $25
Public transportation $148 $69 $11
Taxis $56 $23 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $28 $11 $24
Sport and cultural events $95 $9 $84
Museums and sights $39 $9 $20
Nightlife $130 $72 $66
Gym $95 $47 $71
Yoga $108 $64 $67
Massage $69 $11 $52
SIM card options Vodafone, Movistar AIS, DTAC Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services
Taxi apps Cabify, FreeNow Grab Uber
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Catalan cuisine makes extensive use of Mediterranean vegetables, legumes mixed with pork in its many varieties, chicken and fish. Regularly mixes sweet and savory flavors in specific dishes. This cuisine is known for being bold in flavor and striking in color, with a variety of specific regional dishes found the culinary hub that is Barcelona. 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 Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo 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 Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots 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 98 options on HappyCow 90 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow