Hanoi vs Playa del Carmen

Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 8,053,663 259,453
Official language(s) Vietnamese Spanish
Level of English Moderate Moderate
Main airport Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit January, February, October - December January - May, October - December
Currency VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $1167 $2143
Rent $503 $923
Groceries $151 $127
Dining out $134 $207
Cafe $39 $42
Coworking space $72 $160
Mobile internet $4 $21
Public transportation $20 $17
Taxis $13 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $49
Sport and cultural events $3 $97
Museums and sights $4 $217
Nightlife $89 $77
Gym $57 $42
Yoga $57 $54
Massage $21 $101
SIM card options Viettel, Mobifone Telcel, Movistar
Tipping Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Grab, GoViet N/A
Tap water 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. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 104 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow