Barcelona vs Chiang Mai vs Mexico City vs Playa del Carmen

Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 5,585,556 1,166,978 8,850,000 259,453
Official language(s) Catalan, Spanish Thai Spanish Spanish
Level of English High Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September - November November - April March - May, October, November January - May, October - December
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost evewhere Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2384 $974 $1867 $2143
Rent $932 $274 $778 $923
Groceries $121 $169 $281 $127
Dining out $403 $108 $182 $207
Cafe $45 $45 $49 $42
Coworking space $213 $95 $159 $160
Mobile internet $10 $11 $25 $21
Public transportation $127 $60 $11 $17
Taxis $48 $20 $9 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $24 $10 $24 $49
Sport and cultural events $81 $8 $81 $97
Museums and sights $33 $8 $20 $217
Nightlife $112 $62 $64 $77
Gym $81 $41 $69 $42
Yoga $93 $55 $65 $54
Massage $59 $10 $51 $101
SIM card options Vodafone, Movistar AIS, DTAC Telcel, Movistar 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 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Cabify, FreeNow Grab Uber N/A
Tap water Drinkable Not 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 Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
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 Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
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) Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 98 options on HappyCow 90 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow