Barbados vs Chiang Mai vs Panama City vs Ubud

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
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Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
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Population 110,000 1,166,978 880,691 112,490
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Thai Spanish Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Very high Low Low Low
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit November - May November - April December - April May - October
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2711 $1070 $2367 $1410
Rent $1058 $301 $1040 $680
Groceries $235 $185 $236 $155
Dining out $346 $118 $373 $10
Cafe $75 $49 $43 $29
Coworking space $322 $104 $157 $109
Mobile internet $50 $12 $21 $3
Public transportation $35 $66 $12 $55
Taxis $107 $22 $48 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $11 $0 $35
Sport and cultural events $37 $9 $35 $14
Museums and sights $36 $8 $9 $9
Nightlife $96 $68 $117 $122
Gym $86 $45 $37 $75
Yoga $130 $61 $163 $90
Massage $99 $11 $75 $10
SIM card options Digicel AIS, DTAC Claro, Movistar Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps None available Grab Uber, Tu Chofer Grab, GoJek
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Bajan cuisine features an eclectic mix of European, Asian, and Caribbean styles resulting in bold, tasty and crunchy meat or fish dishes with lots of spices, lime juice, thyme and salads laden with local vegetables and hot side dishes. 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. Latin American. Emphasis on rice, beans, coconut, and local fruits and vegetables. Pork and beef are regularly used and influence from the islands gives seafood dishes a prominent spot in Panamanian cuisine. Balinese foods revolve on the complex flavors from certain ingredients like fresh vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and time-tested spices mixture.
Local food specialities Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Satay, nasi goreng, gado-gado, martabak, bubur sumsum
Eat like a local Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Warung for authentic babi guling and bebek betutu, cafes for kopi luwak, street stalls for pisang goreng, nasi campur, and sate lilit
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 90 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow 255 listings on Happy Cow