Hanoi vs Istanbul vs Sofia

Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
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Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
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Population 8,053,663 15,520,000 1,270,169
Official language(s) Vietnamese Turkish Bulgarian
Level of English Moderate Low High
Main airport Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Istanbul Airport (IST) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit January, February, October - December April - June, September and October April-June, September-October
Currency VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1197 $1236 $1430
Rent $516 $664 $629
Groceries $155 $83 $11
Dining out $137 $152 $252
Cafe $40 $34 $30
Coworking space $74 $93 $155
Mobile internet $4 $6 $11
Public transportation $20 $12 $33
Taxis $14 $11 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $4 $44
Sport and cultural events $3 $20 $20
Museums and sights $4 $28 $13
Nightlife $91 $41 $91
Gym $59 $18 $25
Yoga $59 $43 $69
Massage $21 $28 $33
SIM card options Viettel, Mobifone Turkcell, Turk Telekom A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Grab, GoViet BiTaksi TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine 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. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 104 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow