Austin vs Da Nang vs Panama City

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Da Nang ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 926,426 1,125,316 880,691
Official language(s) English (de facto) Vietnamese Spanish
Level of English Very high Low Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Da Nang International Airport (DAD) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November February - May December - April
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places. Cash also needed. Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $957 $2372
Rent $1650 $316 $1042
Groceries $243 $160 $237
Dining out $396 $128 $373
Cafe $66 $35 $43
Coworking space $331 $87 $158
Mobile internet $40 $4 $21
Public transportation $110 $15 $12
Taxis $73 $15 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $0 $0
Sport and cultural events $54 $6 $35
Museums and sights $11 $2 $9
Nightlife $124 $74 $117
Gym $62 $34 $37
Yoga $139 $71 $164
Massage $89 $10 $75
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Viettel, Vinafone Claro, Movistar
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% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water 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. Latin American. Emphasis on rice, beans, coconut, and local fruits and vegetables. Pork and beef are regularly used and influence from the islands gives seafood dishes a prominent spot in Panamanian cuisine.
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 Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja
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 Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 107 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow