Istanbul vs Panama City

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 15,520,000 880,691
Official language(s) Turkish Spanish
Level of English Low Low
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October December - April
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $1345 $2381
Rent $723 $1046
Groceries $90 $238
Dining out $165 $375
Cafe $37 $43
Coworking space $101 $158
Mobile internet $6 $21
Public transportation $13 $12
Taxis $13 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $0
Sport and cultural events $22 $35
Museums and sights $31 $9
Nightlife $44 $118
Gym $19 $37
Yoga $47 $164
Massage $30 $76
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Claro, Movistar
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish 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.
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow