Chiang Mai vs Mexico City vs Panama City vs Ubud

Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
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Population 1,166,978 8,850,000 880,691 112,490
Official language(s) Thai Spanish Spanish Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Low Moderate Low Low
Main airport Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit November - April March - May, October, November December - April May - October
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Credit cards Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1070 $1907 $2367 $1410
Rent $301 $794 $1040 $680
Groceries $185 $287 $236 $155
Dining out $118 $186 $373 $10
Cafe $49 $50 $43 $29
Coworking space $104 $163 $157 $109
Mobile internet $12 $25 $21 $3
Public transportation $66 $11 $12 $55
Taxis $22 $9 $48 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $11 $24 $0 $35
Sport and cultural events $9 $83 $35 $14
Museums and sights $8 $20 $9 $9
Nightlife $68 $65 $117 $122
Gym $45 $70 $37 $75
Yoga $61 $67 $163 $90
Massage $11 $52 $75 $10
SIM card options AIS, DTAC Telcel, Movistar Claro, Movistar Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps Grab Uber Uber, Tu Chofer Grab, GoJek
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not 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 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 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 Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Satay, nasi goreng, gado-gado, martabak, bubur sumsum
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) 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 90 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow 255 listings on Happy Cow