An RMIT University student has published a survival guide for exchange students going to Vietnam.
Simon Miller was an exchange student at RMIT Vietnam for one year and used his experiences to write a book full of tips for future students heading to the Ho Chi Minh City campus from Melbourne.
The Bachelor of Information Technology student worked on Saigon Survival: A Counter Intuitive Guide to Surviving the Streets of Saigon for nine months, and has now released it as a multimedia e-book on Amazon.
The book includes maps, photos, illustrations, tables, graphs, videos and audio of a native Vietnamese speaker voicing translations for commonly used words.
Mr Miller said he hoped the book would benefit future students going to RMIT Vietnam on cross campus exchange.
"After living in Saigon for a year on a student exchange program, I realised that there was a real need for this type of book," he said.
"Saigon Survival will teach you how to streamline your Vietnamese experience to give you a more positive, informed trip."
The book also includes "Survival Tips" based on real-life experiences and "Survival Links" to related resources.
Mr Miller said he created the book using skills he learnt while studying.
"A lot of the skills I utilised in creating Saigon Survival were learnt from studying my undergrad in IT at RMIT as well as a course in digital publishing, also with RMIT but as part of my postgraduate studies," he said.
Mr Miller had begun a Masters of Information Management at RMIT but is transferring to a Master of Business Administration this year.
Saigon Survival gives advice on dealing with money, damaged notes, tipping and common cultural hand signals. Maps are also included so they can be shown to cab drivers on a portable device.
The book also provides a breakdown of a local's and a foreigner's budget, with monthly spending distributed across phone, travel, recreational, rent and food costs.
Accessing an Australian bank account and opening a local bank account as a foreigner are also covered.
Saigon Survival can be purchased from Amazon.
Exchange applications for the next semester at RMIT Vietnam close on Sunday, 1 March.
All RMIT exchange students to Vietnam receive a $2,500 Mobility Grant. Find out more about cross campus exchange to RMIT Vietnam.