Chiang Mai vs Istanbul vs Seoul vs Ubud

Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
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Population 1,166,978 15,520,000 9,963,452 112,490
Official language(s) Thai Turkish Korean Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Low Low Moderate Low
Main airport Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Istanbul Airport (IST) Incheon International Airport (ICN) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit November - April April - June, September and October March - May, September - November May - October
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Credit cards Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1063 $1308 $2426 $1432
Rent $299 $703 $885 $691
Groceries $184 $88 $396 $158
Dining out $117 $161 $234 $10
Cafe $49 $36 $77 $29
Coworking space $104 $98 $247 $111
Mobile internet $12 $6 $44 $3
Public transportation $65 $12 $45 $56
Taxis $22 $12 $45 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $11 $5 $15 $35
Sport and cultural events $9 $22 $43 $15
Museums and sights $8 $30 $7 $9
Nightlife $68 $43 $103 $124
Gym $45 $19 $77 $76
Yoga $61 $46 $124 $91
Massage $11 $29 $83 $11
SIM card options AIS, DTAC Turkcell, Turk Telekom KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars Not customary or expected Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps Grab BiTaksi Uber, Kakao Grab, GoJek
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable 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. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture. 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 Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam 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 Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets 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 59 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow 255 listings on Happy Cow