Budapest vs Cape Town vs Hanoi

Budapest 🇭🇺
Cape Town 🇿🇦
Hanoi 🇻🇳
Population 1,768,073 4,617,560 8,053,663
Official language(s) Hungarian Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Vietnamese
Level of English High Very high Moderate
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Nội Bài International Airport (HAN)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November March - May, September - November January, February, October - December
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) ZAR - South African Rand (R) VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred.
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1596 $1777 $1180
Rent $648 $709 $509
Groceries $140 $148 $153
Dining out $263 $309 $135
Cafe $38 $37 $39
Coworking space $156 $173 $73
Mobile internet $11 $30 $4
Public transportation $47 $63 $20
Taxis $35 $24 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $56 $0
Sport and cultural events $31 $22 $3
Museums and sights $9 $17 $4
Nightlife $55 $50 $90
Gym $48 $41 $58
Yoga $62 $64 $58
Massage $33 $35 $21
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor MTN, Vodacom Viettel, Mobifone
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%.
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, Bolt Grab, GoViet
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Magyar cuisine makes extensive use of creams, cheeses and sauces primarily in beef, chicken and pork dishes, mixed with seasonal vegetables, fruits and rich desserts. 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 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 Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos 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 markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants 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 47 options on HappyCow 24 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow