Playa del Carmen vs Seoul vs Sofia

Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
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Population 259,453 9,963,452 1,270,169
Official language(s) Spanish Korean Bulgarian
Level of English Moderate Moderate High
Main airport Cancun International Airport (CUN) Incheon International Airport (ICN) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit January - May, October - December March - May, September - November April-June, September-October
Currency MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2138 $2188 $1265
Rent $921 $798 $556
Groceries $126 $357 $10
Dining out $207 $211 $223
Cafe $42 $69 $27
Coworking space $160 $223 $137
Mobile internet $21 $40 $10
Public transportation $17 $40 $29
Taxis $9 $41 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $49 $13 $39
Sport and cultural events $96 $39 $18
Museums and sights $216 $6 $12
Nightlife $77 $93 $80
Gym $42 $69 $23
Yoga $54 $112 $61
Massage $101 $75 $29
SIM card options Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10-15% for restaurants Not customary or expected 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps N/A Uber, Kakao TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable Not 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. Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 72 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow