Cape Town vs Panama City vs Ubud

Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
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Population 4,617,560 880,691 112,490
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Spanish Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Very high Low Low
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November December - April May - October
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1628 $2359 $1416
Rent $649 $1036 $683
Groceries $135 $236 $156
Dining out $283 $371 $10
Cafe $34 $43 $29
Coworking space $158 $157 $110
Mobile internet $28 $21 $3
Public transportation $58 $12 $55
Taxis $22 $48 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $51 $0 $35
Sport and cultural events $20 $35 $15
Museums and sights $15 $9 $9
Nightlife $46 $117 $122
Gym $37 $37 $75
Yoga $59 $163 $90
Massage $32 $75 $10
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Claro, Movistar Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt Uber, Tu Chofer Grab, GoJek
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautรฉed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. 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. Balinese foods revolve on the complex flavors from certain ingredients like fresh vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and time-tested spices mixture.
Local food specialities Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Satay, nasi goreng, gado-gado, martabak, bubur sumsum
Eat like a local Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Warung for authentic babi guling and bebek betutu, cafes for kopi luwak, street stalls for pisang goreng, nasi campur, and sate lilit
Vegetarian / vegan options 24 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow 255 listings on Happy Cow