Chiang Mai vs Mexico City vs Playa del Carmen vs Seoul

Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 1,166,978 8,850,000 259,453 9,963,452
Official language(s) Thai Spanish Spanish Korean
Level of English Low Moderate Moderate Moderate
Main airport Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit November - April March - May, October, November January - May, October - December March - May, September - November
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $974 $1867 $2143 $2184
Rent $274 $778 $923 $797
Groceries $169 $281 $127 $356
Dining out $108 $182 $207 $211
Cafe $45 $49 $42 $69
Coworking space $95 $159 $160 $222
Mobile internet $11 $25 $21 $40
Public transportation $60 $11 $17 $40
Taxis $20 $9 $9 $41
Shared bicycles and scooters $10 $24 $49 $13
Sport and cultural events $8 $81 $97 $39
Museums and sights $8 $20 $217 $6
Nightlife $62 $64 $77 $93
Gym $41 $69 $42 $69
Yoga $55 $65 $54 $112
Massage $10 $51 $101 $75
SIM card options AIS, DTAC Telcel, Movistar Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10-15% for restaurants Not customary or expected
Taxi apps Grab Uber N/A Uber, Kakao
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable 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 Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture.
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 Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
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) Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 90 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow