Chiang Mai vs Panama City vs Sofia vs Ubud

Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
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Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
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Population 1,166,978 880,691 1,270,169 112,490
Official language(s) Thai Spanish Bulgarian Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Low Low High Low
Main airport Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Sofia International Airport (SOF) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit November - April December - April April-June, September-October May - October
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ) 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 $1467 $1410
Rent $301 $1040 $645 $680
Groceries $185 $236 $12 $155
Dining out $118 $373 $258 $10
Cafe $49 $43 $31 $29
Coworking space $104 $157 $159 $109
Mobile internet $12 $21 $12 $3
Public transportation $66 $12 $34 $55
Taxis $22 $48 $14 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $11 $0 $46 $35
Sport and cultural events $9 $35 $21 $14
Museums and sights $8 $9 $13 $9
Nightlife $68 $117 $93 $122
Gym $45 $37 $26 $75
Yoga $61 $163 $70 $90
Massage $11 $75 $33 $10
SIM card options AIS, DTAC Claro, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps Grab Uber, Tu Chofer TaxiMe, TaxiStars 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. Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital. 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 Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator 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 Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas. 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 20 options on HappyCow 255 listings on Happy Cow