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Bangkok vs Barcelona

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Is anyone out there able to give me some information on how these two cities compare. I'm not interested in Bangkok for the bars so I'd like to know how the cities compare with standard of living, cost of living and things like that.

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Anyone else click on here thinking post-4641-1156694083.gif Messi and Co were coming to town? post-4641-1156694572.gif

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I've lived in both quite recently.

Climate:

Needless to say, Bangkok is warmer, but to the point that it is too hot most of the time.

In Barcelona the weather is quite nice most of the year, and you get all four seasons. Winters are MUCH colder than Bangkok.

Cost of living:

Housing in the mid-range segment is quite similar cost-wise i.e. a 2BR apartment with terrace in Barcelona can be around 1000€ (40.000THB). But you will not find a condo for 150€ like you might in Bangkok. So at the very lower end, Barcelona cannot compete with BKK. I would say that in Barcelona you have to spend at least 400-500€ on rent per month, whereas in Bangkok you can get away with much less.

Food. Most groceries are cheaper in Barcelona (beer 0.50€, serrano ham 2€), you can buy wine and cheese for a fraction of the price of Bangkok.

Dining out will typically cost between 8-20€ so obviously Bangkok is cheaper in that sense, but keep in mind that we are comparing apples to oranges (different food, quality, and service).

In Barcelona you can usually have a pint for 3€. An imported IPA for 5€.

Shopping (clothes, electronics) is cheaper in Barcelona.

Activities:

Barcelona - coastal city with beach and mountains.

You can go hiking the nearby mountains and jogging/walking in the city all year round, and from April-September the beach is right at your doorstep if you live in Barceloneta area. Overall, Barcelona is quite a beautiful city, with nice architecture, small narrow alleys with lots of character. The local metro system is very easy to use, covers the city well and costs 1€ per ride.

Bangkok - I honestly don't think there is that much to do in Bangkok except eat, drink and have fun with the local ladies. The city is also not that easy on the eye and typically smells really bad. Weekend trips sure, but that gets old fast.

Overall I would say that for me Barcelona is the winner (I live in Bangkok currently though). But if you are into nightlife and the whole lady-scene, then that changes the equation quite a bit.

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You might inquire in the Spanish expat forum for more specifics about Barcelona.

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The other aspect of this equation is that if you speak a little bit of spanish, there is actually a chance you will be understood, unlike here where those of us who speak little, are rarely understood. Most of the Latin American countries have a real ear for language, and are linguistically inclined, unlike the Thais. Here, if you do not pronounce a sentence correctly, you have little chance that they will make an effort to figure out what you are saying, as the quality of extrapolation is missing. Over there, it is abundant in spades, and they will go out of their way to try to pick up what you are saying, and will be able to guess and surmise the thread of the question. That quality is virtually non-existent here. And then there is the added advantage of using the same alphabet! Now, that would be a real joy.

Does anyone have any idea of the scene there, in terms of babes?

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The other aspect of this equation is that if you speak a little bit of spanish, there is actually a chance you will be understood, unlike here where those of us who speak little, are rarely understood. Most of the Latin American countries have a real ear for language, and are linguistically inclined, unlike the Thais. Here, if you do not pronounce a sentence correctly, you have little chance that they will make an effort to figure out what you are saying, as the quality of extrapolation is missing. Over there, it is abundant in spades, and they will go out of their way to try to pick up what you are saying, and will be able to guess and surmise the thread of the question. That quality is virtually non-existent here. And then there is the added advantage of using the same alphabet! Now, that would be a real joy.

Does anyone have any idea of the scene there, in terms of babes?

lots of nice chicks with nice gams

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Barcelona wins on all counts except one. Tax. If you can keep your tax affairs out of Spain you are on a winner.

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If I was retired I would choose Barcelona. I enjoy outdoor activies and Bkk is too hot and humid to be out, now I mostly go to shopping malls to get out of the house.

Bkk only wins when it comes to a cheaper housing.

Quality of life is not nearly as good Barcelona.

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Anyone else click on here thinking post-4641-1156694083.gif Messi and Co were coming to town? post-4641-1156694572.gif

No, but I often wonder why so many TV posters do not or cannot use the internet.

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Apologies smotherb but when i first clicked on the topic i did so before the ThaiVisa newsletter was published with the added text of 'for expat living'.

If that was in the topic title, i wouldn't have replied mentioning football.

Any tips on how to use the internet would be greatfully received. Happy new year.

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Apologies smotherb but when i first clicked on the topic i did so before the ThaiVisa newsletter was published with the added text of 'for expat living'.

If that was in the topic title, i wouldn't have replied mentioning football.

Any tips on how to use the internet would be greatfully received. Happy new year.

I was referring to the OP. A simple google of, "cost of living Barcelona vs. Bangkok" would give loads of info.

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I've lived in both quite recently.

Climate:

Needless to say, Bangkok is warmer, but to the point that it is too hot most of the time.

In Barcelona the weather is quite nice most of the year, and you get all four seasons. Winters are MUCH colder than Bangkok.

Cost of living:

Housing in the mid-range segment is quite similar cost-wise i.e. a 2BR apartment with terrace in Barcelona can be around 1000€ (40.000THB). But you will not find a condo for 150€ like you might in Bangkok. So at the very lower end, Barcelona cannot compete with BKK. I would say that in Barcelona you have to spend at least 400-500€ on rent per month, whereas in Bangkok you can get away with much less.

Food. Most groceries are cheaper in Barcelona (beer 0.50€, serrano ham 2€), you can buy wine and cheese for a fraction of the price of Bangkok.

Dining out will typically cost between 8-20€ so obviously Bangkok is cheaper in that sense, but keep in mind that we are comparing apples to oranges (different food, quality, and service).

In Barcelona you can usually have a pint for 3€. An imported IPA for 5€.

Shopping (clothes, electronics) is cheaper in Barcelona.

Activities:

Barcelona - coastal city with beach and mountains.

You can go hiking the nearby mountains and jogging/walking in the city all year round, and from April-September the beach is right at your doorstep if you live in Barceloneta area. Overall, Barcelona is quite a beautiful city, with nice architecture, small narrow alleys with lots of character. The local metro system is very easy to use, covers the city well and costs 1€ per ride.

Bangkok - I honestly don't think there is that much to do in Bangkok except eat, drink and have fun with the local ladies. The city is also not that easy on the eye and typically smells really bad. Weekend trips sure, but that gets old fast.

Overall I would say that for me Barcelona is the winner (I live in Bangkok currently though). But if you are into nightlife and the whole lady-scene, then that changes the equation quite a bit.

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