All Things You Should Know Before Travelling to Soc Trang
Soc Trang is one of the top tourist attractions in the Mekong Delta region. If you intend to go to Soc Trang, you can refer to the ORIGINVIETNAM.COM experiences of Soc Trang travel below.
Soc Trang is a province in the Mekong Delta. It’s about 231 km from Ho Chi Minh City, located just south of the Hau River. There is a cultural interference between the Chinese-Kinh-khmer peoples and the indigenous peoples. So Soc Trang has unique beliefs and customs.
Soc Trang is famous tourism attracts tourists both domestic and foreign visitors when travelling to experience new countryside. Come here, in addition to visiting the famous temples, places with charming natural scenery, unique festivals, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy fresh fruit in the gardens.
What is the best time to travel to Soc Trang?
The weather in Soc Trang is quite pleasant so almost every time of the year you can go to Soc Trang. Soc Trang climate is divided into 2 seasons: dry season and rainy season (rainy season usually starts from May – October and dry season lasts from November to April next year). The average annual temperature is about 26 degrees Celsius and very few storms and floods occur.
The best time for you to travel to Soc Trang is around October of the lunar calendar every year. Come here on this occasion, not only visit. But you have chance to discover famous places with pleasant atmosphere but you can also participate in Ooc-Om-Bok festival which is the biggest festival of Khmer community. On the occasion of the festival, you can participate in two main activities: Boat racing and water lamp drop.
Transportations to Soc Trang
From Hanoi: You can take a plane, or a bus to Ho Chi Minh City then follow the directions. Ho Chi Minh City – Soc Trang will be more convenient.
From Ho Chi Minh City:
– Bus to Soc Trang: You can buy a bus ticket at the Western bus station, address 395 Kinh Duong Vuong, An Lac, District Binh Tan, HCMC. Prices seem to range from VND 160,000 – 200,000, and travel time is about 4-5 hours. You should choose a reputable car company such as Phuong Trang or Mai Linh to ensure service quality.
– Travel Soc Trang by private transfer: If you use private vehicles as a private car or motorbike to Soc Trang, you can go from Saigon – Can Tho bridge, cross Can Tho bridge to turn left and run another 67km. to Soc Trang.
Top Sightseeings in Soc Trang
Nga Nam floating market
Each floating market in the Mekong Delta has something to differ itself from the rest. Nga Nam market in Soc Trang province is special because it is the convergent point of five rivers which flow into five different directions: onto Ca Mau, down from Phung Hien, through to Thanh Tri, in from Vinh Quoi and across from Long My – and so it acquires its particular name “Nga Nam”.
Thanks to its critical location, the market becomes a central points to hundreds of boats and canoes, selling all types of goods. The market scene becomes even more lively toward the end of the Lunar New Year. The best time to visit Nga Nam floating market is early in the morning, when the sun is crawling up east and many locals are already there, ready for trading – boats after boats
This is an architectural work typical of Khmer ethnic architecture in Soc Trang. Bat Pagoda is located at 73B, Le Hong Phong Street, Ward 3, Soc Trang City. The architecture of the pagoda is considered to represent the architecture of the Khmer Southern Theravada Buddhist line. It’s built from about the sixteenth century until now still retains quite its beauty.
Inside the temple is extremely designed to blend in between the pagoda and the outer space. Especially when you come here, you will see thousands of pretty bats hanging from trees on the temple grounds. Bat pagoda has real name which was transliterated from Khmer is Wathseraytecho – Mahatup, commonly known as Ma Toc Pagoda or Bat Pagoda because the temple has many bats living. Currently, from the fork of Le Hong Phong street and Van Ngoc Chinh street, it can be considered as a “Phum Soc” (village, hamlet) having a large of Khmer people living by cultivation and farming.
Bat Pagoda is an overall architecture consists of: the Main Hall, Sala, the synagogue of monks and believers, living room, bed rooms of the abbot and the other monks, the tower to put ashes of the dead… The works housed in a big campus with many ancient trees, an area of about 4 hectares.
Overall, the entire of architectural ensemble is balance, it makes us think that’s a pattern forest with harmony and neat layout, smooth and impressive contours… exudes the spirit of industriousness and creativity through skillful hands of the Khmer.
Museum Soc Trang Province (Khmer Museum)
Soc Trang Khmer Museum, built in 1938, is a museum with the architecture of pagoda style of Khmer people. There are many precious objects on display in the museum. Most of which reflect the spiritual and material life of Khmer people for generations such as clothing, house architecture, pagoda, musical instruments, etc. Visiting the Khmer Museum is a chance for tourists to understand more about Khmer community, the biggest part of population in Soc Trang Province.
If you have the opportunity to come to Soc Trang then definitely do not ignore this place, visit here you will partly understand the cultural beauty of Khmer ethnicity.
Khmer Museum is located in Ward 6, Soc Trang Town, Soc Trang Province. This is a building according to the architecture of Khmer pagoda and inside it contains many artifacts reflecting the spiritual life as well as the daily and unique life of Khmer ethnic people. In addition, this place also exhibits extremely special types of costumes, musical instruments, etc.
Tan Long Stork Garden
One of the many off-the-beaten-path attraction, Tan Long Stork Garden deserves all your attention, if you still wonder what a typical Mekong Delta landscape looks like
One of the many off-the-beaten-path attraction, Tan Long Stork Garden deserves all your attention, if you still wonder what a typical Mekong Delta landscape looks like. From Nga Nam township where Nga Nam floating market is located, follow provincial highway 42 for 5km until you reach Tan Long stork market. You can also rent a canoe down the river to visit the garden.
Surprisingly, the garden was initiated and sustained by a local man – named Huynh Van Muoi. He has spent his past 32 years forming a space where Vietnamese white stork can land and take off, co-exist and reproduce. At the center of the garden is a 10m high tower which allows you to enjoy a breath-taking view from above onto the garden.
Sa Lon Pagoda (Chua Chen Style / Kieu Pagoda)
Sa Lon Pagoda , also known as Kieu Pagoda, is located on National Highway 1A. It’s about 12km from the center of Soc Trang city, now belongs to Dai Tam commune, My Xuyen district. An ancient temple belonging to the Buddhist system of the Khmer. Sa Lon Pagoda has a very unique architecture. The design and construction of the temple stands out. Because the decorations inside the temple are made up of fragments of the cup. Make an attractive and lively picture. With a rich architecture, the combination of three ethnic groups of Kinh, Hoa and Khmer. The temple includes many unique features of different ethnic minority groups. In the past, when building a temple. Due to insufficient funding, the monks in the temple came up with an initiative to ask people to donate broken cups and plates to the wall. Today, it is because of this initiative that a temple has a unique construction and architecture style in Soc Trang Province.
Temple of Clay
This temple is located at 286 Ton Duc Thang, Ward 5, Soc Trang city. Clay Temple also has another name: Buu Son Tu and has a life of more than 200 years. At present, each day, there are about 200 visits of visitors.
The famous Clay Temple with 1901 Buddha statues, over 200 summoned beasts, stupas, incense sticks, etc. made of clay. Also here along with 200kg candles can burn for decades. Da Bao Tower here is 13 storeys high, each floor has up to 16 doors, each door will be placed a Buddha statue. There is also the Stupa Tower and many other beautiful buildings.
Until now, this Clay Temple is still preserved and protected carefully by the descendants of the Ngo family to preserve the great merit of his father’s time.
Khleang pagoda (or Kh’leang, Khleng) is an ancient buddhist temple of the Khmer pagoda system in the Southern area. This pagoda is at 53 Ton Duc Thang Street, Ward 6, Soc Trang City, Soc Trang province, Vietnam.
According to the document was still kept at Kh’leang pagoda, in the early 16th century, from the capital Lo-vec, the king of Chan Lap country Ang Chan held an inspection trip to his far territory of the Hau River downstream. When the King visited Srok Kh’leang (Khmer means “land of warehouses”, Soc Trang today), he did not see any Buddhist temples, he ordered his officer who managed the land Mr Tac (transliterated from Khmer) have to build a pagoda for the people having the place of worship.
Obeying the king, in 1532, Mr Tac summoned believers and representatives of the “Soc” (Srok, which means land) to appeal to all who contributed possessions and labor to build Buddhist temple. After discussing, the Khleang pagoda (the name of the land) was started construction on December 16, 2076 in Buddhist calendar (1532 in the solar calendar).
My Phuoc Islet
Referring to the river area. It is impossible to ignore the middle river with all kinds of fruit trees. My Phuoc is one of the most famous places in Soc Trang.
Located in the middle of Hau river, in Nhon My commune. This place has all kinds of fruits from durian, citrus to Siamese, mango, longan, etc. To this place, visitors can enjoy delicious fresh fruit. Sweet and sweet at the garden with the specialties of the local people here. Weekends are spent gathering with friends to have fun, picking fruits right in the middle of the river is also a memorable experience.
Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva Padoga
One of very special pagoda i love is Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva Pagoda. It is very big pagoda, it started build in 2011 with 8.5 hectares in Soc Trang city, Vietnam. With a lot of beautiful views, a lot of buddha.
Ho Be ecological tourism area
With favorable natural conditions, Soc Trang has developed a type of ecotourism. This Ho Be tourist site is located at Nam Song Hau, Vinh Chau, Soc Trang.
This is the place you should definitely try when coming to Soc Trang . It is adjacent to the sea and the sea here and still retains its inherent wildness. The beach is extremely clean with long white sandy beaches. If you want to camp near the sea or just travel during the day, the Ho Be eco-tourism area is an extremely suitable choice.
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