Budapest vs Chiang Mai vs Hanoi

Budapest 🇭🇺
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Population 1,768,073 1,166,978 8,053,663
Official language(s) Hungarian Thai Vietnamese
Level of English High Low Moderate
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) Nội Bài International Airport (HAN)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November November - April January, February, October - December
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) THB - Thai Baht (฿) VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted sometimes. Cash preferred in many places. Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred.
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1594 $1113 $1180
Rent $647 $313 $509
Groceries $140 $193 $153
Dining out $262 $123 $135
Cafe $38 $51 $39
Coworking space $156 $109 $73
Mobile internet $11 $12 $4
Public transportation $47 $68 $20
Taxis $35 $23 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $11 $0
Sport and cultural events $31 $9 $3
Museums and sights $9 $9 $4
Nightlife $55 $71 $90
Gym $48 $47 $58
Yoga $62 $63 $58
Massage $33 $11 $21
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor AIS, DTAC Viettel, Mobifone
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10% at restaurants, not customary or expected elsewhere Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%.
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Grab 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. Combines salty, sweet, spicy and sour flavors to create bold and colorful dishes. Meals typically include a mixture of meat and seafood dishes, as well as noodles or soups recipes. Strong emphasis on local spices and vegetables. 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 Khao soi, khan toke, sai oua, miang kham, nam prik, khanom jeen nam ngiaw, larb khua Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Street food stalls, local markets, bakeries and smaller, traditional restaurants that serve fresh food Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 90 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow