Chiang Mai vs Panama City vs Rio de Janeiro vs Ubud

Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
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Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
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Population 1,166,978 880,691 6,718,903 112,490
Official language(s) Thai Spanish Portuguese Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Low Low Low Low
Main airport Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Galeรฃo International Airport Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit November - April December - April January - March, December May - October
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Credit cards Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted everywhere Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa No Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $1070 $2367 $1858 $1410
Rent $301 $1040 $1080 $680
Groceries $185 $236 $96 $155
Dining out $118 $373 $213 $10
Cafe $49 $43 $25 $29
Coworking space $104 $157 $132 $109
Mobile internet $12 $21 $7 $3
Public transportation $66 $12 $34 $55
Taxis $22 $48 $14 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $11 $0 $17 $35
Sport and cultural events $9 $35 $56 $14
Museums and sights $8 $9 $26 $9
Nightlife $68 $117 $55 $122
Gym $45 $37 $31 $75
Yoga $61 $163 $40 $90
Massage $11 $75 $32 $10
SIM card options AIS, DTAC Claro, Movistar Tim, Claro, Vivo Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps Grab Uber, Tu Chofer Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber 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. 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. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common. 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 Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros. 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 Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city. 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 7 options on HappyCow 54 options on Happy Cow 255 listings on Happy Cow