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Soc Trang Overview:
Sóc Trăng is a province in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, with its capital in Sóc Trăng. The province occupies an area of 3,223 km2, and has a population of approximately 1,213,400. The province's original Khmer name was Srok Kh'leang, meaning "silver depository" because it was where the Khmer king's silver treasury was located. The Vietnamese settlers corrupted it into "Sốc-Kha-Lang" and eventually "Sóc Trăng". Under the Nguyễn Dynasty emperor Minh Mạng, it was given the Sino-Vietnamese name Nguyệt Giang , a calque of "Sông Trăng" (Moon River).
Sóc Trăng province lies roughly between 9o14'N and 9o56'N latitude and between 105o34'E and 106o18'E longitude. It is bordered to the north west by Hậu Giang Province . To the southwest it is bordered by Bạc Liêu Province. And to the north east it is bordered by Trà Vinh Province . To the north is Vĩnh Long Province . To the southeast is 72 km of coastline of the South China Sea.
The provincial capital of Sóc Trăng province is the town which is also called Sóc Trăng. It is 231 km from Hồ Chí Minh City.
The province has two large rivers: the Hậu River and the Mỹ Thanh River.
Sóc Trăng is one of the poorest provinces in the southern region. (Source: Wikipedia.)

 Tourist Attractions in Soc Trang

The Bat Pagoda
The Bat Pagoda

Chua Doi ( the Bat Pagoda) was named Wathseraytecho – Mahatup that was phonetic from Khmer language. People called that is the Bat Pagoda as there are thousands of bats came and living on the big trees in its garden. It is around 04 hectares square meters.
The Bat Pagoda is located inside Soc Trang city.
There are around 600 Khmer Pagodas in the Mekong Delta and Bat Pagoda is one in the top of architectural works.

The Clay Pagoda
The Clay Pagoda

The Clay Pagoda or Buu Son Tu is the preserved place for 1991 the clay statues in Soc Trang. Besides, there are 8 pairs of big candle. Its weight is over 200kg per each and its height is 1.6m. One smallest pairs of candle was lighted on during 32 years since Mr. Ngo Kim Tong, the owner of those statues, died until now.

Banh Pia
Banh Pia

Banh Pia is a special food in Soc Trang.
The pie has made by the taro or green bean with the salt egg- yolk (from ducks) added some favor from fruits as durian..
Banh Pia is not so sweet. Soft and good taste. Eating banh Pia while sipping a cup of hot tea is the favorite of most of people in the rural of Mekong Delta.

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