Chiang Mai vs Madrid vs Mexico City vs Sofia

Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 1,166,978 6,578,0179 8,850,000 1,270,169
Official language(s) Thai Spanish Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English Low Moderate Moderate High
Main airport Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit November - April March - May, September - November March - May, October, November April-June, September-October
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted everywhere Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $974 $2498 $1867 $1289
Rent $274 $1174 $778 $567
Groceries $169 $175 $281 $10
Dining out $108 $313 $182 $227
Cafe $45 $51 $49 $27
Coworking space $95 $196 $159 $140
Mobile internet $11 $10 $25 $10
Public transportation $60 $78 $11 $30
Taxis $20 $44 $9 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $10 $49 $24 $40
Sport and cultural events $8 $54 $81 $18
Museums and sights $8 $20 $20 $12
Nightlife $62 $82 $64 $82
Gym $41 $44 $69 $23
Yoga $55 $142 $65 $62
Massage $10 $64 $51 $29
SIM card options AIS, DTAC Orange, Movistar, Vodafone Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated. 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Grab Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now Uber TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Not drinkable 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. Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese 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.
Local food specialities Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Have some tapas and sangria at a tasca and paella at an authentic eatery. Keep an eye on the time and visit a cafeteria for a mid-afternoon merienda and some churros! Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 90 options on HappyCow 85 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow