Chiang Mai vs Mexico City vs New York City vs Playa del Carmen

Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 1,166,978 8,850,000 8,323,340 259,453
Official language(s) Thai Spanish English (de facto) Spanish
Level of English Low Moderate Very high Moderate
Main airport Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit November - April March - May, October, November April - June, September - November January - May, October - December
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) USD - US Dollar ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $974 $1867 $5431 $2143
Rent $274 $778 $2891 $923
Groceries $169 $281 $383 $127
Dining out $108 $182 $656 $207
Cafe $45 $49 $72 $42
Coworking space $95 $159 $326 $160
Mobile internet $11 $25 $45 $21
Public transportation $60 $11 $220 $17
Taxis $20 $9 $78 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $10 $24 $30 $49
Sport and cultural events $8 $81 $100 $97
Museums and sights $8 $20 $74 $217
Nightlife $62 $64 $195 $77
Gym $41 $69 $55 $42
Yoga $55 $65 $197 $54
Massage $10 $51 $109 $101
SIM card options AIS, DTAC Telcel, Movistar AT&T, Verizon Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Grab Uber Uber, Lyft N/A
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable 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. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese American. Emphasis on comfort and fast food, with some good seafood dishes. Influence from other regions of the US, North America and the world make NYC a cosmopolitan and international cuisine hub that is incredibly diverse. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities 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 Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options. Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 90 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow