Hanoi vs Istanbul vs New York City vs Playa del Carmen

Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 8,053,663 15,520,000 8,323,340 259,453
Official language(s) Vietnamese Turkish English (de facto) Spanish
Level of English Moderate Low Very high Moderate
Main airport Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Istanbul Airport (IST) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit January, February, October - December April - June, September and October April - June, September - November January - May, October - December
Currency VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) USD - US Dollar ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1167 $659 $5431 $2143
Rent $503 $354 $2891 $923
Groceries $151 $44 $383 $127
Dining out $134 $81 $656 $207
Cafe $39 $18 $72 $42
Coworking space $72 $49 $326 $160
Mobile internet $4 $3 $45 $21
Public transportation $20 $6 $220 $17
Taxis $13 $6 $78 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $2 $30 $49
Sport and cultural events $3 $11 $100 $97
Museums and sights $4 $15 $74 $217
Nightlife $89 $22 $195 $77
Gym $57 $9 $55 $42
Yoga $57 $23 $197 $54
Massage $21 $15 $109 $101
SIM card options Viettel, Mobifone Turkcell, Turk Telekom AT&T, Verizon Telcel, Movistar
Tipping Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Grab, GoViet BiTaksi Uber, Lyft N/A
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable 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 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. 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 Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options. Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 104 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow