Istanbul vs Mexico City vs Panama City vs Seoul

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 15,520,000 8,850,000 880,691 9,963,452
Official language(s) Turkish Spanish Spanish Korean
Level of English Low Moderate Low Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October, November December - April March - May, September - November
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $1279 $1907 $2367 $2479
Rent $687 $794 $1040 $904
Groceries $86 $287 $236 $404
Dining out $157 $186 $373 $239
Cafe $35 $50 $43 $79
Coworking space $96 $163 $157 $252
Mobile internet $6 $25 $21 $45
Public transportation $12 $11 $12 $46
Taxis $12 $9 $48 $46
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $24 $0 $15
Sport and cultural events $21 $83 $35 $44
Museums and sights $29 $20 $9 $7
Nightlife $42 $65 $117 $105
Gym $18 $70 $37 $79
Yoga $45 $67 $163 $127
Massage $29 $52 $75 $85
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar Claro, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere Not customary or expected
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber Uber, Tu Chofer Uber, Kakao
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine 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 Latin American. Emphasis on rice, beans, coconut, and local fruits and vegetables. Pork and beef are regularly used and influence from the islands gives seafood dishes a prominent spot in Panamanian cuisine. Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture.
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow 57 options on Happy Cow