Austin vs Chiang Mai vs Mexico City vs Playa del Carmen

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 926,426 1,166,978 8,850,000 259,453
Official language(s) English (de facto) Thai Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November November - April March - May, October, November January - May, October - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $974 $1867 $2143
Rent $1650 $274 $778 $923
Groceries $243 $169 $281 $127
Dining out $396 $108 $182 $207
Cafe $66 $45 $49 $42
Coworking space $331 $95 $159 $160
Mobile internet $40 $11 $25 $21
Public transportation $110 $60 $11 $17
Taxis $73 $20 $9 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $10 $24 $49
Sport and cultural events $54 $8 $81 $97
Museums and sights $11 $8 $20 $217
Nightlife $124 $62 $64 $77
Gym $62 $41 $69 $42
Yoga $139 $55 $65 $54
Massage $89 $10 $51 $101
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. AIS, DTAC Telcel, Movistar Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab Uber N/A
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. 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 Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos 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 Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 90 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow