Hanoi vs Playa del Carmen vs Porto vs Prague

Hanoi 🇻🇳
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Population 8,053,663 259,453 237,559 1,305,737
Official language(s) Vietnamese Spanish Portuguese Czech
Level of English Moderate Moderate Very High High
Main airport Nội Bài International Airport (HAN) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
Most common months to visit January, February, October - December January - May, October - December May - September June - October
Currency VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) EUR - Euro (€) CZK - Czech Koruna (Kč)
Credit cards Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted most places (some places are cash only)
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1186 $2188 $2001 $1976
Rent $511 $943 $816 $854
Groceries $154 $129 $169 $173
Dining out $136 $211 $318 $263
Cafe $39 $43 $51 $58
Coworking space $73 $163 $109 $192
Mobile internet $4 $21 $24 $27
Public transportation $20 $17 $108 $66
Taxis $14 $9 $29 $36
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $50 $12 $21
Sport and cultural events $3 $99 $51 $21
Museums and sights $4 $221 $27 $38
Nightlife $90 $79 $75 $54
Gym $58 $43 $64 $62
Yoga $58 $56 $94 $72
Massage $21 $103 $55 $40
SIM card options Viettel, Mobifone Telcel, Movistar Vodafone, MEO, NOS Vodafone, T-Mobile
Tipping Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 10-15% for restaurants 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars 10% at restaurants and bars, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Grab, GoViet N/A Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify Uber, Liftago
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable 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. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts. Thick soups are often combined with stewed vegetables and baked meats to produce rich dishes. Gravies and creams are popular in Czech cuisine, as is beer!
Local food specialities Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa Vepřo knedlo zelo, Česnečka, Guláš, Svíčková na smetaně, Ovocné Knedlíky.
Eat like a local Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars Pubs and taverns, street food stalls, local cafés
Vegetarian / vegan options 104 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow 46 options on Happy Cow 112 options on HappyCow