Kelantan is a state in the northeast of peninsular Malaysia bordering Thailand to the north, the gulf of Thailand to the east and extending until the central Titiwangsa mountain range in the west. It covers an area of 15099 km² and has a population of 1.5 million inhabitants. Its capital is Kota Bharu. Kelantan has been settled since prehistoric times and became part of the Malaysian federation in 1948. It's one of the more strictly Muslim states in Malaysia. Kelantan is usually used as an access point to the east coast islands, but has also an interesting interior with some mountain areas and national parks and a pleasant coastline.