Sóc Trăng Province

Sóc Trăng Province
Tỉnh Sóc Trăng

Rural Sóc Trăng

Location of Sóc Trăng within Vietnam
Coordinates: 9°40′N 105°50′E / 9.667°N 105.833°E / 9.667; 105.833Coordinates: 9°40′N 105°50′E / 9.667°N 105.833°E / 9.667; 105.833
Country  Vietnam
Region Mekong Delta
Capital Sóc Trăng
  Total 3,223.30 km2 (1,244.52 sq mi)
Population (2004)
  Total 1,213,400
  Density 380/km2 (970/sq mi)
  Ethnicities Kinh (64.83%)
Khmer (29.21%)
Hoa (5.93%)[1]
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
ISO 3166 code VN-64
Website Tỉnh Sóc Trăng

Sóc Trăng ( listen) is a province in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, with its capital in Sóc Trăng. The province occupies an area of 3,223 km², and has a population of approximately 1,213,400.


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 "Sốc-Kha-Lang" and eventually "Sóc Trăng". Under the Nguyễn Dynasty emperor Minh Mạng, it was given the Sino-Vietnamese name Nguyệt Giang (), a calque of "Sông Trăng" (Moon River).[2]


Sóc Trăng 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 Hậu Giang Province (meaning Hau River province). To the southwest it is bordered by Bạc Liêu Province (meaning "silver"). And to the north east it is bordered by Trà Vinh Province (meaning "honoured tea"). To the north is Vĩnh Long Province (meaning "eternal prosperity"). To the southeast is 72 km of coastline of the South China Sea. The province has two large rivers: the Hậu River and the Mỹ Thanh River. The provincial capital of Sóc Trăng Province is the town which is also called Sóc Trăng. It is 231 km from Hồ Chí Minh City.

Administrative divisions

Sóc Trăng is subdivided into 11 district-level sub-divisions:

They are further subdivided into 12 commune-level towns (or townlets), 80 communes, and 17 wards.


  1. TỈNH SÓC TRĂNG 07/05/2009, Trang tin điện tử của Ủy ban Dân tộc
  2. (Vietnamese)"Truyền thuyết về Địa danh Sóc Trăng". 2008-03-28.


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