Cape Town vs Hanoi vs Larnaca vs Medellin

Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
Medellin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Population 4,617,560 8,053,663 144,900 2,427,000
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Vietnamese Greek Spanish
Level of English Very high Moderate High Low
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Josรฉ Marรญa Cรณrdova International Airport (MDE)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January, February, October - December March - May, October - December January - April, December
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) COP - Colombian Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted everywhere Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa No No No No
Average monthly costs $1549 $1167 $1959 $1293
Rent $618 $503 $678 $732
Groceries $129 $151 $157 $87
Dining out $269 $134 $261 $131
Cafe $32 $39 $56 $18
Coworking space $151 $72 $209 $96
Mobile internet $27 $4 $35 $16
Public transportation $55 $20 $63 $21
Taxis $21 $13 $42 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $49 $0 $45 $0
Sport and cultural events $19 $3 $28 $8
Museums and sights $15 $4 $8 $9
Nightlife $43 $89 $110 $73
Gym $36 $57 $107 $15
Yoga $56 $57 $105 $54
Massage $30 $21 $54 $20
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Viettel, Mobifone Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Claro, Tigo
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars Tip 10% in restaurants
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt Grab, GoViet nTaxi EasyTaxi
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine 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. Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well.. A blend of indigenous and European traditions with rice, maize, cassava, assorted legumes, and meats
Local food specialities Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka Bandeja paisa, ajiaco, mondongo, empanada, and arepa
Eat like a local Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too. Street stalls for empanada and arepa with cheese, restaurants for traditional Colombian food
Vegetarian / vegan options 24 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 153 listings on Happy Cow