Soc Trang is one of the centers of Khmer culture in Vietnam (the others are Tra Vinh in the Mekong Delta and Nha Trang on the south-central coast). The town itself is unremarkable and the dining and accommodations options are limited, but it does have several interesting Khmer temples. This was once a provincial capital of the Angkor Empire, which covered much of Indochina from the 9th to the 15th century. Vietnamese settlers did not appear here until the 17th century; later, in colonial times, they were encouraged to come by the French, who sought to develop agricultural production in the region.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More