Budapest vs Hanoi vs Panama City

Budapest 🇭🇺
Hanoi 🇻🇳
Panama City 🇵🇦
Population 1,768,073 8,053,663 880,691
Official language(s) Hungarian Vietnamese Spanish
Level of English High Moderate Low
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Nội Bài International Airport (HAN) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November January, February, October - December December - April
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1596 $1180 $2363
Rent $648 $509 $1038
Groceries $140 $153 $236
Dining out $263 $135 $372
Cafe $38 $39 $43
Coworking space $156 $73 $157
Mobile internet $11 $4 $21
Public transportation $47 $20 $12
Taxis $35 $14 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $0 $0
Sport and cultural events $31 $3 $35
Museums and sights $9 $4 $9
Nightlife $55 $90 $117
Gym $48 $58 $37
Yoga $62 $58 $163
Massage $33 $21 $75
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Viettel, Mobifone Claro, Movistar
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Grab, GoViet Uber, Tu Chofer
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. 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. 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 Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameños, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow