Hanoi vs Istanbul vs Mexico City vs Seoul

Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 8,053,663 15,520,000 8,850,000 9,963,452
Official language(s) Vietnamese Turkish Spanish Korean
Level of English Moderate Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit January, February, October - December April - June, September and October March - May, October, November March - May, September - November
Currency VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes No
Average monthly costs $1186 $1279 $1907 $2479
Rent $511 $687 $794 $904
Groceries $154 $86 $287 $404
Dining out $136 $157 $186 $239
Cafe $39 $35 $50 $79
Coworking space $73 $96 $163 $252
Mobile internet $4 $6 $25 $45
Public transportation $20 $12 $11 $46
Taxis $14 $12 $9 $46
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $5 $24 $15
Sport and cultural events $3 $21 $83 $44
Museums and sights $4 $29 $20 $7
Nightlife $90 $42 $65 $105
Gym $58 $18 $70 $79
Yoga $58 $45 $67 $127
Massage $21 $29 $52 $85
SIM card options Viettel, Mobifone Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services Not customary or expected
Taxi apps Grab, GoViet BiTaksi Uber Uber, Kakao
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable 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. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture.
Local food specialities Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 104 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow