Chiang Mai vs Panama City vs Ubud vs Valencia

Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 1,166,978 880,691 112,490 834,000
Official language(s) Thai Spanish Indonesian and Balinese Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Low Low Low Moderate
Main airport Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit November - April December - April May - October March - June, September, October
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted in some places Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1070 $2367 $1410 $2248
Rent $301 $1040 $680 $989
Groceries $185 $236 $155 $166
Dining out $118 $373 $10 $333
Cafe $49 $43 $29 $48
Coworking space $104 $157 $109 $173
Mobile internet $12 $21 $3 $18
Public transportation $66 $12 $55 $43
Taxis $22 $48 $14 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $11 $0 $35 $34
Sport and cultural events $9 $35 $14 $83
Museums and sights $8 $9 $9 $50
Nightlife $68 $117 $122 $75
Gym $45 $37 $75 $39
Yoga $61 $163 $90 $99
Massage $11 $75 $10 $51
SIM card options AIS, DTAC Claro, Movistar Telkomsel, XL Axiata Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 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 Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Grab Uber, Tu Chofer Grab, GoJek Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable 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. Balinese foods revolve on the complex flavors from certain ingredients like fresh vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and time-tested spices mixture. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
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 Satay, nasi goreng, gado-gado, martabak, bubur sumsum Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
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 Warung for authentic babi guling and bebek betutu, cafes for kopi luwak, street stalls for pisang goreng, nasi campur, and sate lilit Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 90 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow 255 listings on Happy Cow 98 listings on Happy Cow