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Soc Trang

Soc Trang is an off tourist trail province in east of Mekong Delta, covered with vast rice fields, shrimp farms and verdant fruit orchards. It shares borders with Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, Bac Lieu and Hau Giang. Soc Trang is worth a stop to visit several interesting temples including Bat Temple and Clay Pagoda.
Sights & Attractions
Bat Temple
Mahatup Temple or better known as Bat Temple (Chua Doi in Vietnamese) is a must see in Soc Trang. The temple got its name due to the fact that trees around it are usually filled with thousand fruit bats. At the backyard you may find rare pigs with 5 toes rear feet raised there. They are sacred animals to local belief and tombs will be built for them when they die. The temple can be reached by motorized rickshaw (“xe loi”).
 
Clay Pagoda
Buu Son Pagoda or Chua Phat Dat is an interesting site to see in Soc Trang. It houses a valuable heritage of over clay 100 statues in shapes of thousand arm and eye Buddha, sacred animals (dragon, unicorn, turtle and phoenix), etc. Fascinatingly, there are 6 giant candles, two of which have been burning continuously for the past 70 years.
 
Oc Om Boc Festival
Oc Om Boc is a traditional festival of Khmer people along with Chol Chnam Thmay. It is celebrated to thank Moon God for bringing good crops and well-being protection to villagers. Special features of this festival include the release of lit paper lanterns to sky with belief to chase away darkness and the funny Ngo boat race. Both are interestingly colorful and enthusiastic.

Food & Drinks
Soc Trang is very famous for its tasty “Bun Nuoc Leo” noodle. Its broth is especially cooked from flesh of freshwater fish and it is usually eaten with shrimp, pork and vegetables. Another specialty is Pia cake with its core made of egg and durian.
 
Getting there & away
Soc Trang is around 60km from Can Tho and 231km from Ho Chi Minh City. It is well connected by National Highway 1A.
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