Chiang Mai vs Istanbul vs Mexico City

Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 1,166,978 15,520,000 8,850,000
Official language(s) Thai Turkish Spanish
Level of English Low Low Moderate
Main airport Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Most common months to visit November - April April - June, September and October March - May, October, November
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $974 $659 $1867
Rent $274 $354 $778
Groceries $169 $44 $281
Dining out $108 $81 $182
Cafe $45 $18 $49
Coworking space $95 $49 $159
Mobile internet $11 $3 $25
Public transportation $60 $6 $11
Taxis $20 $6 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $10 $2 $24
Sport and cultural events $8 $11 $81
Museums and sights $8 $15 $20
Nightlife $62 $22 $64
Gym $41 $9 $69
Yoga $55 $23 $65
Massage $10 $15 $51
SIM card options AIS, DTAC Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services
Taxi apps Grab BiTaksi Uber
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine 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. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese
Local food specialities Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas
Eat like a local Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus)
Vegetarian / vegan options 90 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow