Bangkok vs Istanbul

Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 5,680,000 15,520,000
Official language(s) Thai Turkish
Level of English Low Low
Main airport Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit January - March, November, December April - June, September and October
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $1836 $1495
Rent $725 $803
Groceries $225 $100
Dining out $198 $184
Cafe $53 $41
Coworking space $150 $112
Mobile internet $27 $7
Public transportation $37 $14
Taxis $22 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $20 $5
Sport and cultural events $54 $25
Museums and sights $25 $34
Nightlife $59 $49
Gym $113 $21
Yoga $115 $52
Massage $12 $33
SIM card options AIS Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping 10% for restaurants, bars and services Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars
Taxi apps Grab BiTaksi
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Meat and fish dishes, vegetables, noodles and soup A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish
Local food specialities Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight
Eat like a local Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 416 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow