Bangkok vs Panama City vs Rio de Janeiro

Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 5,680,000 880,691 6,718,903
Official language(s) Thai Spanish Portuguese
Level of English Low Low Low
Main airport Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit January - March, November, December December - April January - March, December
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $1562 $2372 $1875
Rent $617 $1042 $1090
Groceries $192 $237 $97
Dining out $168 $373 $215
Cafe $45 $43 $26
Coworking space $128 $158 $133
Mobile internet $23 $21 $7
Public transportation $32 $12 $34
Taxis $19 $48 $15
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $0 $17
Sport and cultural events $46 $35 $56
Museums and sights $21 $9 $26
Nightlife $50 $117 $56
Gym $96 $37 $31
Yoga $98 $164 $41
Massage $11 $75 $32
SIM card options AIS Claro, Movistar Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 10% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Grab Uber, Tu Chofer Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Meat and fish dishes, vegetables, noodles and soup 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. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
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