Gong Badak, formerly known as Kuala Terengganu Utara, is a town located in the northern part of Sungai Terengganu in Kuala Nerus, Terengganu. Gong Badak became developed upon the focus of establishing industrial estate areas for Terengganu. Factories that produce bricks and timber products are moved further away from the main city areas.
Gong Badak may have gotten its name from any of the three meanings for the word ‘Gong’. In Bahasa Melayu, the word ‘gong’ may refers to a traditional musical instrument made from steel and usually being hit to commemorate an event. As for the word ‘badak’, it is literally translated to the animal known as rhinoceros.
According to the local Terengganu Malay dialect, the word ‘gong’ may means an arrogant act. Another meaning of the word ‘gong’ is the term for location of a place nearby the sea coastline. This general term of ‘gong’ has been used to other areas within Terengganu to relatively defines it to a similar definition with the word ‘permatang’.
There are flights to Kuala Terengganu provided by Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Firefly. From the airport, guests may hail a taxi to reach Gong Badak.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive through the East Coast Expressway (LPT) exiting at Gemuruh exit before continuing the journey towards Gong Badak.
The express bus terminal is located at Kuala Terengganu. Among the available express bus services are Transnasional, KKKL, Mutiara Express, Sani Express and many more. From the bus terminal, guests may hail a taxi to reach Gong Badak.
Gong Badak Sports Complex was built as part of 12th SUKMA (Sukan Malaysia)’s sports event venue. It now continue to serve as a public recreational facilities providing parks for family activities such as jogging and brisk walking. Young children may enjoy the playground while young adults playing badminton, volleyball, tennis and even race at the cycling track.
This landmark is an initiative by the Kuala Nerus District and Land Office to promote tourism. It was drawn by talented street artist with a final outcome of a 3 D Zebra Crossing that will trick the eyes of passersby. Guests may come across this drawing on the road just right outside of Dapo Pata by asking the locals on its whereabout. This is definitely the place to go if you’ve always wanted to have a photo nearly similar to The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ iconic album cover.
Dapo Pata or Uptown Kontena is a newest attraction consisting of various hipster concept F&B outlets in a community of restaurant setting in a container building. This place instantly become a favourite hangout spot for the youngsters as well as for family who enjoys spending time at the Pantai Tok Jembal and later, having a break for snacks and chitchatting session while relaxing with the cool, refreshing sandy breezes from the sea.
This hotel provides a pleasant and comfortable stay while being in Gong Badak. Its location is nearby to both, the city area and the beach area. Hence, a good choice for a family getaway.
This hotel has a great location within the city centre and provides easy access to the city’s must see destinations. It offers great services and quality accommodations for enjoyable stay in Gong Badak.
This hotel offers a barbecue and sun terrace for its guests. It also offers great hospitality and car hire services. Furthermore, this hotel is approximately 5 minutes walking distance from the Sultan Mahmud Airport.
For family vacation or leisure, this hotel provides a satisfactory comfort during your stay in Gong Badak. It offers excellent services and facilities within immediate reach every time.
This homestay is a perfect choice for people seeking a comfortable treat for holiday in Gong Badak. It is located in front of Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium and offers standard facilities of a homestay whereby cooking and washing are allowed for guests.