Hanoi vs Istanbul

Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 8,053,663 15,520,000
Official language(s) Vietnamese Turkish
Level of English Moderate Low
Main airport Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit January, February, October - December April - June, September and October
Currency VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $1183 $1488
Rent $510 $799
Groceries $153 $100
Dining out $136 $183
Cafe $39 $41
Coworking space $73 $111
Mobile internet $4 $7
Public transportation $20 $14
Taxis $14 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $5
Sport and cultural events $3 $25
Museums and sights $4 $34
Nightlife $90 $49
Gym $58 $21
Yoga $58 $52
Massage $21 $33
SIM card options Viettel, Mobifone Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars
Taxi apps Grab, GoViet BiTaksi
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. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish
Local food specialities Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight
Eat like a local Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 104 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow