Hanoi vs Panama City

Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 8,053,663 880,691
Official language(s) Vietnamese Spanish
Level of English Moderate Low
Main airport Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit January, February, October - December December - April
Currency VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $1197 $2363
Rent $516 $1038
Groceries $155 $236
Dining out $137 $372
Cafe $40 $43
Coworking space $74 $157
Mobile internet $4 $21
Public transportation $20 $12
Taxis $14 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $0
Sport and cultural events $3 $35
Museums and sights $4 $9
Nightlife $91 $117
Gym $59 $37
Yoga $59 $163
Massage $21 $75
SIM card options Viettel, Mobifone Claro, Movistar
Tipping Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Grab, GoViet Uber, Tu Chofer
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. 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 Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 104 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow