Lee Cobaj

Lee Cobaj

Travel writer Lee Cobaj was raised in Hong Kong and specialises in writing about Asia. She is a regular contributor to a variety of top titles including National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, and The Sunday Times.

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How a Hong Kong interior designer transformed a flat from derelict and dingy to light-filled and desirable

Liquid Interiors helped a fashion designer and first-time homebuyer get her sophisticated and sustainably sourced home.

7 Jan 2021 - 3:05PM

Liquid Interiors helped a fashion designer and first-time homebuyer get her sophisticated and sustainably sourced home.

How a Hong Kong interior designer transformed a flat from derelict and dingy to light-filled and desirable
Best hotel and travel vouchers to gift for Christmas and beyond for when travel returns

The pandemic has pushed many hotels and travel groups to offer additional value for their gift vouchers, some with no expiration dates. Here are the best deals we’ve found.

13 Dec 2020 - 6:34PM

The pandemic has pushed many hotels and travel groups to offer additional value for their gift vouchers, some with no expiration dates. Here are the best deals we’ve found.

Best hotel and travel vouchers to gift for Christmas and beyond for when travel returns
Mask-free in the Maldives: what it’s like now in the tourist idyll – as beautiful as ever, and coronavirus-free

A visit to the Maldives proves as memorable as ever despite the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the Indian Ocean archipelago’s robust safety precautions and unspoilt beauty.

23 Nov 2020 - 6:09PM

A visit to the Maldives proves as memorable as ever despite the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the Indian Ocean archipelago’s robust safety precautions and unspoilt beauty.

Mask-free in the Maldives: what it’s like now in the tourist idyll – as beautiful as ever, and coronavirus-free
Travel bubble: the best Singapore hotel deals, from luxury to family-friendly accommodation

Here are our suggestions for some of the best Singapore hotel deals to take advantage of during the travel bubble, which is due to open tomorrow.

21 Nov 2020 - 5:37PM

Here are our suggestions for some of the best Singapore hotel deals to take advantage of during the travel bubble, which is due to open tomorrow.

Travel bubble: the best Singapore hotel deals, from luxury  to family-friendly accommodation
Cooped up by the coronavirus, a marathon runner decluttered her Hong Kong home

After accumulating a decade’s worth of stuff, a designer helped an amateur athlete to help return her 100-year-old Kennedy Town home to its former glory.

18 Nov 2020 - 9:30AM

After accumulating a decade’s worth of stuff, a designer helped an amateur athlete to help return her 100-year-old Kennedy Town home to its former glory.

Cooped up by the coronavirus, a marathon runner decluttered her Hong Kong home
New Hong Kong hotel The Hari in Wan Chai: owner on target customers, technology and opening borders for tourists

The Hari, in Wan Chai, is a hotel with strong eco-credentials and emphasises employing Hong Kong locals of different ethnicities – now all it needs are customers.

16 Nov 2020 - 7:14PM

The Hari, in Wan Chai, is a hotel with strong eco-credentials and emphasises employing Hong Kong locals of different ethnicities – now all it needs are customers.

New Hong Kong hotel The Hari in Wan Chai: owner on target customers, technology and opening borders for tourists
Hong Kong’s best hotel lounge deals, where the champagne flows freely and the food keeps coming

With staycations our only holiday option, we rate the city’s best, booziest and most beautiful lounges.

12 Nov 2020 - 5:15PM

With staycations our only holiday option, we rate the city’s best, booziest and most beautiful lounges.

Hong Kong’s best hotel lounge deals, where the champagne flows freely and the food keeps coming
Is it a restaurant, a coffee shop, a bar? Yes, to all three – welcome to A.B.C.

Johnny Wong, of design studio Fak3, on using upcycling as a design philosophy has given this Hong Kong Island haunt a unique ambience.

22 Oct 2020 - 5:15PM

Johnny Wong, of design studio Fak3, on using upcycling as a design philosophy has given this Hong Kong Island haunt a unique ambience.

Is it a restaurant, a coffee shop, a bar? Yes, to all three – welcome to A.B.C.
The best luxury hotel deals in Macau for when a travel bubble opens with Hong Kong

Luxury hotels in Macau have some incredible deals right now, and you can book now and stay later, or cancel for free. With huge discounts and free extras, you can afford to indulge yourself.

20 Oct 2020 - 1:02PM

Luxury hotels in Macau have some incredible deals right now, and you can book now and stay later, or cancel for free. With huge discounts and free extras, you can afford to indulge yourself.

The best luxury hotel deals in Macau for when a travel bubble opens with Hong Kong
The five best new hotels in Asia to have on your radar for when the coronavirus pandemic ends

Unleash your creative spirit and get your chakras aligned in Bali, meditate in mesmerising Nikko National Park, Japan, have a James Bond moment in India, or admire the architectural daring of Asia’s first Ace hotel.

14 Sep 2020 - 5:15PM

Unleash your creative spirit and get your chakras aligned in Bali, meditate in mesmerising Nikko National Park, Japan, have a James Bond moment in India, or admire the architectural daring of Asia’s first Ace hotel.

The five best new hotels in Asia to have on your radar for  when the coronavirus pandemic ends
Ultimate post-pandemic escapes: eight Asian private resorts for group holidays

Booking a beachside resort in Asia exclusively for family and friends is particularly appealing as the Covid-19 pandemic rolls on.

4 Aug 2020 - 12:41PM

Booking a beachside resort in Asia exclusively for family and friends is particularly appealing as the Covid-19 pandemic rolls on.

Ultimate post-pandemic escapes: eight Asian private resorts for group holidays
The best staycations in Hong Kong for families, from outbound adventures to pampering packages for pets

Make the most of the city with island retreats, pampering packages for pets, cycling specials and Disneyland discounts.

8 Jul 2020 - 6:47PM

Make the most of the city with island retreats, pampering packages for pets, cycling specials and Disneyland discounts.

The best staycations in Hong Kong for families, from outbound adventures to pampering packages for pets
Flying from Scotland to Hong Kong in a pandemic – it’s air travel but not as we know it

A familiar journey becomes a ‘bizarre flight’, with all the space an economy passenger can ask for and a nine-hour wait on arrival – air travel’s new normal.

21 May 2020 - 10:17AM

A familiar journey becomes a ‘bizarre flight’, with all the space an economy passenger can ask for and a nine-hour wait on arrival – air travel’s new normal.

Flying from Scotland to Hong Kong in a pandemic – it’s air travel but not as we know it
Five animal shelter charities that need your help as funding dries up amid coronavirus lockdowns in Southeast Asia

Elephants, bears, abandoned pets, primates – across Southeast Asia, animal shelters that rely on visitors for funding are in dire straits, with tourism shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s how you can help some of them survive.

21 Apr 2020 - 10:18AM

Elephants, bears, abandoned pets, primates – across Southeast Asia, animal shelters that rely on visitors for funding are in dire straits, with tourism shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s how you can help some of them survive.

Five animal shelter charities that need your help as funding dries up amid coronavirus lockdowns in Southeast Asia
Magic behind marrakesh

The city's façade is spectacular enough, but an enticing itinerary reveals another world beyond the obvious, writes Lee Cobaj.

12 Mar 2013 - 9:28AM

The city's façade is spectacular enough, but an enticing itinerary reveals another world beyond the obvious, writes Lee Cobaj.

Magic behind marrakesh