Hanoi vs New York City

Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 8,053,663 8,323,340
Official language(s) Vietnamese English (de facto)
Level of English Moderate Very high
Main airport Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Most common months to visit January, February, October - December April - June, September - November
Currency VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) USD - US Dollar ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $1199 $5431
Rent $517 $2891
Groceries $156 $383
Dining out $137 $656
Cafe $40 $72
Coworking space $74 $326
Mobile internet $4 $45
Public transportation $20 $220
Taxis $14 $78
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $30
Sport and cultural events $3 $100
Museums and sights $4 $74
Nightlife $91 $195
Gym $59 $55
Yoga $59 $197
Massage $21 $109
SIM card options Viettel, Mobifone AT&T, Verizon
Tipping Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars
Taxi apps Grab, GoViet Uber, Lyft
Tap water Not drinkable 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. 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 Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options.
Eat like a local Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 104 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow