Austin vs Hanoi

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Population 926,426 8,053,663
Official language(s) English (de facto) Vietnamese
Level of English Very high Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January, February, October - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred.
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1197
Rent $1650 $516
Groceries $243 $155
Dining out $396 $137
Cafe $66 $40
Coworking space $331 $74
Mobile internet $40 $4
Public transportation $110 $20
Taxis $73 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $0
Sport and cultural events $54 $3
Museums and sights $11 $4
Nightlife $124 $91
Gym $62 $59
Yoga $139 $59
Massage $89 $21
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Viettel, Mobifone
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%.
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab, GoViet
Tap water 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. A mix of French, Southeast Asian and Chinese with lots of fresh herbs and spices. Northern Vietnam cuisine includes a lot of fish and noodles.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow