Cape Town vs Hanoi vs Larnaca

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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Population 4,617,560 8,053,663 144,900
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Vietnamese Greek
Level of English Very high Moderate High
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Larnaca International Airport (LCA)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January, February, October - December March - May, October - December
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) 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
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1781 $1197 $2218
Rent $710 $516 $768
Groceries $148 $155 $177
Dining out $310 $137 $295
Cafe $37 $40 $64
Coworking space $173 $74 $236
Mobile internet $31 $4 $40
Public transportation $63 $20 $71
Taxis $24 $14 $47
Shared bicycles and scooters $56 $0 $51
Sport and cultural events $22 $3 $32
Museums and sights $17 $4 $9
Nightlife $50 $91 $124
Gym $41 $59 $122
Yoga $64 $59 $119
Massage $35 $21 $61
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Viettel, Mobifone Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN
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
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt Grab, GoViet 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 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..
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
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.
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