Bogota vs Cape Town vs Istanbul vs Panama City vs Ubud

Bogota 🇨🇴
Cape Town 🇿🇦
Istanbul 🇹🇷
Panama City 🇵🇦
Ubud 🇮🇩
Population 10,978,360 4,617,560 15,520,000 880,691 112,490
Official language(s) Spanish Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Turkish Spanish Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Low Very high Low Low Low
Main airport El Dorado International Airport (BOG) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Istanbul Airport (IST) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit January - March, December March - May, September - November April - June, September and October December - April May - October
Currency COP - Colombian Peso ($) ZAR - South African Rand (R) TRY - Turkish Lira (₺) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Credit cards Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted in most places Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa No No No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1203 $1781 $1308 $2363 $1432
Rent $527 $710 $703 $1038 $691
Groceries $90 $148 $88 $236 $158
Dining out $190 $310 $161 $372 $10
Cafe $24 $37 $36 $43 $29
Coworking space $85 $173 $98 $157 $111
Mobile internet $13 $31 $6 $21 $3
Public transportation $25 $63 $12 $12 $56
Taxis $30 $24 $12 $48 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $56 $5 $0 $35
Sport and cultural events $24 $22 $22 $35 $15
Museums and sights $8 $17 $30 $9 $9
Nightlife $51 $50 $43 $117 $124
Gym $16 $41 $19 $37 $76
Yoga $62 $64 $46 $163 $91
Massage $41 $35 $29 $75 $11
SIM card options Tigo, Movistar, Claro MTN, Vodacom Turkcell, Turk Telekom Claro, Movistar Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping 10% service included in all bills, not required or expected at bars without table service 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafés and bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps Uber, Cabify Uber, Bolt BiTaksi Uber, Tu Chofer Grab, GoJek
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Latin American. Dishes with beef, pork and chicken are often mixed with flour-based foods and fruity desserts. Heavy influence from the Andes and other Colombian regions. 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 sautéed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish 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. Balinese foods revolve on the complex flavors from certain ingredients like fresh vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and time-tested spices mixture.
Local food specialities Arepas, ajiaco santaferense, buñuelos, patacones, té de coca, changua Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Döner, İçli Köfte, Dondurma, Karnıyarık, Turkish delight Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameños, tostones, ropa vieja Satay, nasi goreng, gado-gado, martabak, bubur sumsum
Eat like a local Local family restaurants and those from other regions. Menú del día. Community markets and sports bars. Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Warung for authentic babi guling and bebek betutu, cafes for kopi luwak, street stalls for pisang goreng, nasi campur, and sate lilit
Vegetarian / vegan options 104 options on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow 255 listings on Happy Cow