Cape Town vs Da Nang vs Larnaca

Cape Town 🇿🇦
Da Nang 🇻🇳
Larnaca 🇨🇾
Population 4,617,560 1,125,316 144,900
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Vietnamese Greek
Level of English Very high Low High
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Da Nang International Airport (DAD) Larnaca International Airport (LCA)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November February - May March - May, October - December
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫) EUR - Euro (€)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted in some places. Cash also needed. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1523 $957 $1922
Rent $608 $316 $665
Groceries $127 $160 $154
Dining out $265 $128 $256
Cafe $32 $35 $55
Coworking space $148 $87 $205
Mobile internet $26 $4 $35
Public transportation $54 $15 $61
Taxis $20 $15 $41
Shared bicycles and scooters $48 $0 $44
Sport and cultural events $19 $6 $28
Museums and sights $14 $2 $8
Nightlife $43 $74 $107
Gym $35 $34 $105
Yoga $55 $71 $103
Massage $30 $10 $53
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Viettel, Vinafone Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 5-15% in restaurants, round up at bars and cafes 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt Grab nTaxi
Tap water 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 sautéed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. Healthy and with robust flavors, Vietnamese cuisine combines noodles and rice with a variety of greens and local herbs to compliment specially seasoned pork, beef or seafood dishes. In Da Nang, you'll find a strong emphasis on barbecued seafood dishes as well as fish-based sauces. Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well..
Local food specialities Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Chao Tom, Bahn Xeo, Goi Cuon, Bun Thit Nuong, Bahn Cuon, Mi Quang, Bun nam, Bun cha ca Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka
Eat like a local Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Smaller, local restaurants, roadside eateries, street food stalls and local markets Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too.
Vegetarian / vegan options 24 options on HappyCow 107 options on HappyCow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available