Soc Trang Province, Southern Vietnam
Region: Mekong Delta
Capital: Sóc Trăng
Area: 3,223.30 km² (1,244.52 sq mi)
Population: About 1.5 million
Density: 380/km² (970/sq mi)
Demographics: Kinh (64.83%), Khmer (29.21%), Hoa (5.93%)
Phone code: 79
Sóc Trăng is a province in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, with its capital in Sóc Trăng.
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 “Soc-Kha-Lang” and eventually “Sóc Trăng”. Under the Nguyen Dynasty emperor Minh Mang, it was given the Sino-Vietnamese name Nguyet Giang, a calque of “Sông Trăng” (Moon River).
Soc Trang province lies roughly between 9°14’N and 9°56’N latitude and between 105°34’E and 106°18’E longitude. It is bordered to the north west by Hau Giang Province (meaning Hau River province). To the southwest it is bordered by Bac Liêu Province (meaning “silver”). And to the north east it is bordered by Trà Vinh Province (meaning “honoured tea”). To the north is Vinh Long Province (meaning “eternal prosperity”). To the southeast is 72 km of coastline of the South China Sea.
Influenced by oceanic weather, the province has two seasons: the rainy season lasts from May to November and dry season lasts from December to April next year. Annual average temperature is 27oC. Annual rainfall is 1,840mm
The provincial capital of Sóc Trăng province is the town of the same name. It is 231 km from Ho Chí Minh City.
The province has two large rivers: the Hau River and the My Thanh River.
The province has one city (Sóc Trăng), one district-level town (Vinh Châu) and nine districts:
– Ke Sách
– Long Phú
– Cù Lao Dung
– My Tú
– My Xuyên
– Thanh Tri
– Ngã Năm
– Châu Thành
– Tran Đe
Soc Trang has vast rice paddies, shrimp lagoons, luxuriant fruit gardens like longan, rambutan, durian and orange.
Viet (Kinh), Khmer, Hoa ethnic groups live together here. The province has 89 pagodas of Khmer group, 47 pagodas of Hoa people. Ma Toc (Bat), Khleang, Chruitim Chas, Chen Kieu, and Buu Son Tu (Set) are famous pagodas.
Coming to there, tourists like to taste tropical fruit in My Phuoc River Islet, or join many recreation and entertainment activities in Binh An Tourist Resort. Chol Chnam Thmay, Oc Om Boc festivals, Ngo Boat Race also attract many visitors.
Soc Trang is 231km from Ho Chi Minh City, 60km from Can Tho. National Highways No.1A links the province and Can Tho, Bac Lieu.
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