Cape Town vs Hanoi vs Larnaca vs New York City

Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
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Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
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New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 4,617,560 8,053,663 144,900 8,323,340
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Vietnamese Greek English (de facto)
Level of English Very high Moderate High Very high
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January, February, October - December March - May, October - December April - June, September - November
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) USD - US Dollar ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No No
Average monthly costs $1549 $1167 $1959 $5431
Rent $618 $503 $678 $2891
Groceries $129 $151 $157 $383
Dining out $269 $134 $261 $656
Cafe $32 $39 $56 $72
Coworking space $151 $72 $209 $326
Mobile internet $27 $4 $35 $45
Public transportation $55 $20 $63 $220
Taxis $21 $13 $42 $78
Shared bicycles and scooters $49 $0 $45 $30
Sport and cultural events $19 $3 $28 $100
Museums and sights $15 $4 $8 $74
Nightlife $43 $89 $110 $195
Gym $36 $57 $107 $55
Yoga $56 $57 $105 $197
Massage $30 $21 $54 $109
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Viettel, Mobifone Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN AT&T, Verizon
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 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt Grab, GoViet nTaxi Uber, Lyft
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable 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.. American. Emphasis on comfort and fast food, with some good seafood dishes. Influence from other regions of the US, North America and the world make NYC a cosmopolitan and international cuisine hub that is incredibly diverse.
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 Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options.
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. Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants
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 309 options on HappyCow