Soc Trang is a coastal Vietnamese province and it is situated in the Mekong Delta. Soc Trang is surrounded by Vinh Long, Bac Lieu, Hau Giang, Tra Vinh and East Sea. It is about 60 km southeast of Can Tho City and 240km south of Ho Chi Minh City. The capital of the province – Soc Trang is home to the ancient Clay Pagoda with Buddha statues. Soc Trang has the acculturation of Chinese, Kinh and Khmer people that creates unique customs and beliefs. It makes Soc Trang an interesting destination for tourists to discover in your Vietnam tour package.
Best time to visit
Tourists can travel to Soc Trang at any time of the year. The climate in Soc Trang is divided into dry and rainy seasons. The rainy season starts from May to October, the dry season lasts from November to April. The annual average temperature is 26.8°C. There are two major festivals in Soc Trang every year: Om-Bok York festival and boat racing festival, which are held on the evening of 14 and October 15 (lunar calendar).
From Saigon, you can go to Soc Trang by motorbike or taking a bus at the bus station.
By Motorcycle/ Car
Tourists can go from Saigon to Can Tho Bridge. From Can Tho Bridge, you turn left and go for about 67km to get to Soc Trang.,
You can purchase ticket and take a coach at the western bus station (address: 395 Kinh Duong Vuong, An Lac Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City). Or tourists can take Mai Linh (08 - 39 29 29 29); or Hoang Vinh taxi (08- 2241.6665).
Clay Pagoda, also known as Buu Son Tu, is located in the heart of the city. The thing that makes Clay Pagoda stands out is that from the outside, it looks like a resident house rather than a pagoda without wooden panel or pillar like any typical pagoda we see in Vietnam. Going inside the pagoda, tourists will be greeted by one of Ngo’s largest creations – a clay elephant, which is believed to appear in a dream of Buddha’s mother. Behind the clay elephant is the central altar. The pagoda is also famous for owning four pairs of giant candles weighing 200kg. The candles were made in 1940. Recently, Clay pagoda has become an attractive spot for travelers joining tours to Soc Trang.
Tan Long Stork Garden
If travelers are still wondering what a typical Mekong Delta landscape looks like, you definitely should check out Tan Long Stork Garden. From Nga Nam township, go along provincial highway 42 to reach Tan Long stork market. Taking a canoe down the river to visit the garden is also a great idea. Besides bird-watching, tourists can also taste so many wonderful dishes of Southern Vietnam and enjoy traditional music performance in Tan Long Stork Garden. The tour to the garden can also be ideally combined with a visit to Nga Nam Floating market.
Nga Nam Floating Market
Together with Cat Be market and Cai Rang floating market which are already very famous, Nga Nam floating market is also a very interesting place that tourists should not miss during your tour to Soc Trang. In fact, each floating market in the Mekong Delta has something special to offer. Nga Nam floating market itself is the convergent point of five rivers which makes it becomes a central point of so many boats and canoes. The best time to visit Nga Nam floating market is early in the morning. Tourists will have chance to witness a lively picture of local people selling their products. Nga Nam is without a doubt one of the busiest floating markets in Mekong Delta.
Soc Trang Cuisines
Soc Trang cuisine is famous not only in Vietnam but also abroad with a lot of specialties such as bánh pía, bánh cóng, lạp xưởng, bún nước lèo, gạo ST, vịt nấu chao, khô thịt heo, hủ tiếu cá. Each ethnic minority in Soc Trang have their very own traditional dishes. Some recommended restaurants in Soc Trang: restaurants on Pham Ngu Lao Street and Nguyen Van Huu Street; Hung restaurant; Cay Nhan restaurant on Vo Dinh Sam Street.
- Que Toi Hotel: 278 Phu Loi Street, Ward 2, Soc Trang, Soc Trang
- Khanh Hung Hotel Soc Trang: 17 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ward 3 city of Soc Trang
- Minh Phuong City Hotel: 294 Phu Loi, Ward 2, Soc Trang, Soc Trang, Soc Trang