Chiang Mai vs Mexico City vs New York City

Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 1,166,978 8,850,000 8,323,340
Official language(s) Thai Spanish English (de facto)
Level of English Low Moderate Very high
Main airport Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Most common months to visit November - April March - May, October, November April - June, September - November
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) USD - US Dollar ($)
Credit cards Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $974 $1867 $5431
Rent $274 $778 $2891
Groceries $169 $281 $383
Dining out $108 $182 $656
Cafe $45 $49 $72
Coworking space $95 $159 $326
Mobile internet $11 $25 $45
Public transportation $60 $11 $220
Taxis $20 $9 $78
Shared bicycles and scooters $10 $24 $30
Sport and cultural events $8 $81 $100
Museums and sights $8 $20 $74
Nightlife $62 $64 $195
Gym $41 $69 $55
Yoga $55 $65 $197
Massage $10 $51 $109
SIM card options AIS, DTAC Telcel, Movistar AT&T, Verizon
Tipping 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars
Taxi apps Grab Uber Uber, Lyft
Tap water 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. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese American. Emphasis on comfort and fast food, with some good seafood dishes. Influence from other regions of the US, North America and the world make NYC a cosmopolitan and international cuisine hub that is incredibly diverse.
Local food specialities Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options.
Eat like a local Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 90 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow