Budapest vs Chiang Mai vs Mexico City vs Playa del Carmen

Budapest 🇭🇺
Chiang Mai 🇹🇭
Mexico City 🇲🇽
Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
Population 1,768,073 1,166,978 8,850,000 259,453
Official language(s) Hungarian Thai Spanish Spanish
Level of English High Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November November - April March - May, October, November January - May, October - December
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) THB - Thai Baht (฿) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops 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 $1230 $974 $1867 $2143
Rent $499 $274 $778 $923
Groceries $108 $169 $281 $127
Dining out $202 $108 $182 $207
Cafe $29 $45 $49 $42
Coworking space $120 $95 $159 $160
Mobile internet $9 $11 $25 $21
Public transportation $36 $60 $11 $17
Taxis $27 $20 $9 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $13 $10 $24 $49
Sport and cultural events $24 $8 $81 $97
Museums and sights $7 $8 $20 $217
Nightlife $43 $62 $64 $77
Gym $37 $41 $69 $42
Yoga $48 $55 $65 $54
Massage $26 $10 $51 $101
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor AIS, DTAC Telcel, Movistar Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Grab Uber N/A
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Magyar cuisine makes extensive use of creams, cheeses and sauces primarily in beef, chicken and pork dishes, mixed with seasonal vegetables, fruits and rich 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 Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos 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 markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Markets, food stalls, menú del día (cheap set lunch menus) Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 90 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow