Sóc Trăng 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).
Sóc Trăng province lies roughly between 9o14'N and 9o56'N latitude and between 105o34'E and 106o18'E longitude. It is bordered to the north west by Hậu Giang Province . To the southwest it is bordered by Bạc Liêu Province. And to the north east it is bordered by Trà Vinh Province . To the north is Vĩnh Long Province . To the southeast is 72 km of coastline of the South China Sea.
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.
The province has two large rivers: the Hậu River and the Mỹ Thanh River.
Sóc Trăng is one of the poorest provinces in the southern region. (Source: Wikipedia.)