Soc Trang is a city in Mekong Delta.
This modern city has a very high Khmer population. The many temples here are in the Cambodian Khmer style, and the culture is highly influenced by this. It is a bustling town with a population of around 120,000. Very few people speak any English here, and tourists are few and far between, although they are well recieved.
There are services to Soc Trang from HCMC (5 hours) leaving from the Mien Tay bus station. It is about 1 hour from Can Tho, accessible by local bus.
You can walk anywhere in this town in under an hour. Xe oms are readily available, look for guys relaxing by thier motorbikes on a street corner. Make sure to make the price very clear before you go.
Bat Temple - This monestary, while pleasing on it's own, the main draw here are the many fruit bats that live in the trees behind the temple. The monks protect them from the farmers in the area who consider them both a pest and a delicacy. Arrive about 1/2 hour before sunset to see the show begin. Any Xe Om in town can bring you here. There is also a Buddhist crematorium across the road from the temple.
Clay Pagoda - This monestary was decorated by a monk sculptor who spent 60 years designing and installing thousands of statues into a colorful cacophany of Buddhist kitch. Notable features are: pillars with dragons on them, a baby white elephant, a white tiger, and golden turtles in the pond out back. It is on D Mau Than 68, 300 M north of the river.
Hung - 6/24 D Hung Vuong - (meals 20,000-130,000 D) This place has an extensive menu in Vietnamese. Drawing pictures sometimes helps, or bring a phrasebook along. The food is wonderful, and the open-air pavillion has a nice atmosphere. The staff is very helpful.