Austin vs Da Nang vs Playa del Carmen vs Rio de Janeiro

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Da Nang ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 926,426 1,125,316 259,453 6,718,903
Official language(s) English (de facto) Vietnamese Spanish Portuguese
Level of English Very high Low Moderate Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Da Nang International Airport (DAD) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November February - May January - May, October - December January - March, December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places. Cash also needed. Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $959 $2143 $1833
Rent $1650 $316 $923 $1066
Groceries $243 $161 $127 $95
Dining out $396 $128 $207 $210
Cafe $66 $35 $42 $25
Coworking space $331 $88 $160 $130
Mobile internet $40 $4 $21 $7
Public transportation $110 $15 $17 $33
Taxis $73 $15 $9 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $0 $49 $16
Sport and cultural events $54 $6 $97 $55
Museums and sights $11 $2 $217 $26
Nightlife $124 $74 $77 $54
Gym $62 $34 $42 $31
Yoga $139 $71 $54 $40
Massage $89 $10 $101 $32
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Viettel, Vinafone Telcel, Movistar Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 5-15% in restaurants, round up at bars and cafes 10-15% for restaurants 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab N/A Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Healthy and with robust flavors, Vietnamese cuisine combines noodles and rice with a variety of greens and local herbs to compliment specially seasoned pork, beef or seafood dishes. In Da Nang, you'll find a strong emphasis on barbecued seafood dishes as well as fish-based sauces. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Chao Tom, Bahn Xeo, Goi Cuon, Bun Thit Nuong, Bahn Cuon, Mi Quang, Bun nam, Bun cha ca Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Smaller, local restaurants, roadside eateries, street food stalls and local markets Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 107 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow 54 options on Happy Cow