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Located in the Mekong Delta, 231 km from Ho Chi Minh City and 60 km from Can Tho, Soc Trang province is a perfect destination for backpackers who love to explore off-the-beaten-track place and try the local food.
Its name comes from a Khmer name "Srock Kh'leang" which means "a place to store silver". This place is also where most of Khmer people live. Therefore, beside Kinh's culture (the major people in Vietnam), visitors can see the Khmer cultural characteristics everywhere, especially at Khmer pagodas.
Pagoda is the highlight in Soc Trang Province. Most were built under the influence of Khmer culture. Thus, it is easy to recognize the unique designs of Khmer people with scrupulous attention to detail. On a trip to Soc Trang, visitors should not miss the chance to visit Doi Pagoda or Bat Pagoda which is the most famous pagoda in this province. The pagoda is the place where thousands of bats used to stay, hanging their body under the pagoda's roofs or threes. Unfortunately, in 2010, most of its furniture was destroyed by a fire. Other which cannot be missed is Kh'leang pagoda - one of the oldest pagodas in Soc Trang with harmony combination of great buildings and nature. The Clay Pagoda is famous for its clay Buddhist statures and dragon sculptures. There are also 6 giant candles here, which can keep burning for 60 years. One more well-known pagoda is Chen Kieu pagoda where you will be impressed by the sophisticated design by Chinese.
It will be regretful if you not try the local food when visiting Soc Trang. Bun Nuoc Leo Soc Trang (a kind of rice noodle with soup) is famous all over the southern because of its delicious taste and well seasoning. Another is Banh Cong, a kind of snack which is made from flour, green bean, pork and a small shrimp on the top, eating with fresh herbs and vegetables.
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