Chiang Mai vs Playa del Carmen vs Porto vs Prague

Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Porto ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
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Prague ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
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Population 1,166,978 259,453 237,559 1,305,737
Official language(s) Thai Spanish Portuguese Czech
Level of English Low Moderate Very High High
Main airport Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Francisco Sรก Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Vรกclav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
Most common months to visit November - April January - May, October - December May - September June - October
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) CZK - Czech Koruna (Kฤ)
Credit cards Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted most places (some places are cash only)
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1070 $2188 $2001 $1976
Rent $301 $943 $816 $854
Groceries $185 $129 $169 $173
Dining out $118 $211 $318 $263
Cafe $49 $43 $51 $58
Coworking space $104 $163 $109 $192
Mobile internet $12 $21 $24 $27
Public transportation $66 $17 $108 $66
Taxis $22 $9 $29 $36
Shared bicycles and scooters $11 $50 $12 $21
Sport and cultural events $9 $99 $51 $21
Museums and sights $8 $221 $27 $38
Nightlife $68 $79 $75 $54
Gym $45 $43 $64 $62
Yoga $61 $56 $94 $72
Massage $11 $103 $55 $40
SIM card options AIS, DTAC Telcel, Movistar Vodafone, MEO, NOS Vodafone, T-Mobile
Tipping 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars 10% at restaurants and bars, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Grab N/A Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify Uber, Liftago
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable 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. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts. Thick soups are often combined with stewed vegetables and baked meats to produce rich dishes. Gravies and creams are popular in Czech cuisine, as is beer!
Local food specialities Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa Vepล™o knedlo zelo, ฤŒesneฤka, Gulรกลก, Svรญฤkovรก na smetanฤ›, Ovocnรฉ Knedlรญky.
Eat like a local Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars Pubs and taverns, street food stalls, local cafรฉs
Vegetarian / vegan options 90 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow 46 options on Happy Cow 112 options on HappyCow