Austin vs Berlin vs Cape Town vs Hanoi

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Population 926,426 3,400,000 4,617,560 8,053,663
Official language(s) English (de facto) German Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Vietnamese
Level of English Very high Very high Very high Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Berlin Tegel (TXL) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November May - September March - May, September - November January, February, October - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) ZAR - South African Rand (R) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred.
Remote worker visa No Yes No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $2381 $1578 $1199
Rent $1650 $1017 $629 $517
Groceries $243 $203 $131 $156
Dining out $396 $294 $274 $137
Cafe $66 $62 $33 $40
Coworking space $331 $189 $153 $74
Mobile internet $40 $25 $27 $4
Public transportation $110 $95 $56 $20
Taxis $73 $63 $21 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $18 $50 $0
Sport and cultural events $54 $69 $20 $3
Museums and sights $11 $40 $15 $4
Nightlife $124 $68 $44 $91
Gym $62 $71 $36 $59
Yoga $139 $107 $57 $59
Massage $89 $61 $31 $21
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone MTN, Vodacom Viettel, Mobifone
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%.
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Bolt Grab, GoViet
Tap water Drinkable 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. Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautรฉed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. 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 Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 844 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow