Panama City vs Ubud vs Valencia

Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
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Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 880,691 112,490 834,000
Official language(s) Spanish Indonesian and Balinese Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Low Low Moderate
Main airport Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit December - April May - October March - June, September, October
Currency PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted in some places Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2359 $1416 $2029
Rent $1036 $683 $893
Groceries $236 $156 $150
Dining out $371 $10 $300
Cafe $43 $29 $43
Coworking space $157 $110 $157
Mobile internet $21 $3 $16
Public transportation $12 $55 $39
Taxis $48 $14 $43
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $35 $31
Sport and cultural events $35 $15 $75
Museums and sights $9 $9 $45
Nightlife $117 $122 $68
Gym $37 $75 $35
Yoga $163 $90 $89
Massage $75 $10 $46
SIM card options Claro, Movistar Telkomsel, XL Axiata Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Tu Chofer Grab, GoJek Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine 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. Balinese foods revolve on the complex flavors from certain ingredients like fresh vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and time-tested spices mixture. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Satay, nasi goreng, gado-gado, martabak, bubur sumsum Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Warung for authentic babi guling and bebek betutu, cafes for kopi luwak, street stalls for pisang goreng, nasi campur, and sate lilit Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 7 options on HappyCow 255 listings on Happy Cow 98 listings on Happy Cow