Playa del Carmen vs Seoul

Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
Seoul 🇰🇷
Population 259,453 9,963,452
Official language(s) Spanish Korean
Level of English Moderate Moderate
Main airport Cancun International Airport (CUN) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit January - May, October - December March - May, September - November
Currency MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (₩)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No
Average monthly costs $2185 $2426
Rent $941 $885
Groceries $129 $396
Dining out $211 $234
Cafe $43 $77
Coworking space $163 $247
Mobile internet $21 $44
Public transportation $17 $45
Taxis $9 $45
Shared bicycles and scooters $50 $15
Sport and cultural events $98 $43
Museums and sights $221 $7
Nightlife $79 $103
Gym $43 $77
Yoga $55 $124
Massage $103 $83
SIM card options Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping 10-15% for restaurants Not customary or expected
Taxi apps N/A Uber, Kakao
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture.
Local food specialities Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 72 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow