Chiang Mai vs New York City vs Panama City vs Ubud

Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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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 8,323,340 880,691 112,490
Official language(s) Thai English (de facto) Spanish Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Low Very high Low Low
Main airport Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit November - April April - June, September - November December - April May - October
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) USD - US Dollar ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Credit cards Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa No No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1070 $5431 $2367 $1410
Rent $301 $2891 $1040 $680
Groceries $185 $383 $236 $155
Dining out $118 $656 $373 $10
Cafe $49 $72 $43 $29
Coworking space $104 $326 $157 $109
Mobile internet $12 $45 $21 $3
Public transportation $66 $220 $12 $55
Taxis $22 $78 $48 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $11 $30 $0 $35
Sport and cultural events $9 $100 $35 $14
Museums and sights $8 $74 $9 $9
Nightlife $68 $195 $117 $122
Gym $45 $55 $37 $75
Yoga $61 $197 $163 $90
Massage $11 $109 $75 $10
SIM card options AIS, DTAC AT&T, Verizon Claro, Movistar Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps Grab Uber, Lyft Uber, Tu Chofer Grab, GoJek
Tap water Not drinkable 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. 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. 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 Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options. 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 Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants 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 309 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow 255 listings on Happy Cow