Cape Town vs Hanoi vs Larnaca vs Valencia

Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 4,617,560 8,053,663 144,900 834,000
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Vietnamese Greek Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Very high Moderate High Moderate
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January, February, October - December March - May, October - December March - June, September, October
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1549 $1167 $1959 $1976
Rent $618 $503 $678 $869
Groceries $129 $151 $157 $146
Dining out $269 $134 $261 $292
Cafe $32 $39 $56 $42
Coworking space $151 $72 $209 $152
Mobile internet $27 $4 $35 $16
Public transportation $55 $20 $63 $38
Taxis $21 $13 $42 $42
Shared bicycles and scooters $49 $0 $45 $30
Sport and cultural events $19 $3 $28 $73
Museums and sights $15 $4 $8 $44
Nightlife $43 $89 $110 $66
Gym $36 $57 $107 $34
Yoga $56 $57 $105 $87
Massage $30 $21 $54 $45
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Viettel, Mobifone Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Vodafone, Orange
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 Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt Grab, GoViet nTaxi Cabify, FreeNow
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.. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods 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 Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
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. Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
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 98 listings on Happy Cow