Mark Lean

Mark Lean

Mark Lean is an editor and travel journalist who writes extensively about luxury hotels, enjoys deciphering travel, food and wellness trends, and always tries to discover uncommon insights to familiar places.

Latest from Mark Lean

Hollywood and Katy Perry fell for Malaysian fashion designers’ edgy unconventionality – why the rest of the world will be next

Gender-fluid, techno-hippie, funky qipaos, slinky satin and glamour-powered … a new generation of Malaysian designers bringing tradition into the present and crafting history into the contemporary

Gender-fluid, techno-hippie, funky qipaos, slinky satin and glamour-powered … a new generation of Malaysian designers bringing tradition into the present and crafting history into the contemporary

1 Jun 2020 - 11:42AM
Review | We review Bangkok’s new Gaggan Anand Restaurant: where you must tell the chef your favourite rock band, swear word and Karma Sutra position before dining

Advance warning: you will be asked your favourite rock band, swear word and Karma Sutra position before dining

Advance warning: you will be asked your favourite rock band, swear word and Karma Sutra position before dining

20 Nov 2019 - 9:22AM
‘Does anyone eat chicken rendang crispy?’ Why Malaysians are so protective about their cuisine

MasterChef UK judge’s criticism of contestant’s traditional dish shows how protective nation is of rich history of its food, comprising Malay, Chinese and Indian influences

MasterChef UK judge’s criticism of contestant’s traditional dish shows how protective nation is of rich history of its food, comprising Malay, Chinese and Indian influences

16 Sep 2019 - 2:25PM
Vinyl records and cold war cocktails: 6 of Kuala Lumpur’s coolest themed bars

Cold war-inspired The Berlin, Prohibition-era The Vault and delightful ‘rhythms’ of Rentak’s old vinyl records are among the Malaysian capital’s great offerings

Cold war-inspired The Berlin, Prohibition-era The Vault and delightful ‘rhythms’ of Rentak’s old vinyl records are among the Malaysian capital’s great offerings

25 Aug 2019 - 12:00PM
Crazy Rich Asians revisited: 4 dining spots (and a market) where Bangkok’s super rich eat out

Bangkok’s super rich dine out at places where the kids wear a tux, the mangoes cost US$48 and you rub shoulders with music-loving billionaires, writes Mark Lean

Bangkok’s super rich dine out at places where the kids wear a tux, the mangoes cost US$48 and you rub shoulders with music-loving billionaires, writes Mark Lean

8 Aug 2019 - 9:11AM
It’s a Thai food revolution: Bangkok chefs get funky

A handful of Bangkok chefs have grown super adventurous, and are relishing new contrasts in tastes

A handful of Bangkok chefs have grown super adventurous, and are relishing new contrasts in tastes

20 Apr 2019 - 10:00AM
What it’s like to go on holiday when you already own a five-star hotel chain

In a new series, Vladislav Doronin reveals how a luxury hotel’s first impressions – from a proper greeting to a hairdryer’s placement – make lasting impressions

In a new series, Vladislav Doronin reveals how a luxury hotel’s first impressions – from a proper greeting to a hairdryer’s placement – make lasting impressions

13 Dec 2018 - 1:17PM
10 things to know about Shila Amzah, the multilingual Malay songstress who won over China

She currently lives in Hong Kong and relishes her relative anonymity here, but she has over 2.4 million Weibo followers, can sing in 10 languages and is the first Malay artist to take the Chinese-speaking pop world by storm

She currently lives in Hong Kong and relishes her relative anonymity here, but she has over 2.4 million Weibo followers, can sing in 10 languages and is the first Malay artist to take the Chinese-speaking pop world by storm

1 Aug 2018 - 11:16AM
5 best bars in Kuala Lumpur that will take you back to the future

Malaysia’s capital is known for its nightlife and its amazing bars, our favourites of which give an exuberant nod to the future while celebrating the past

Malaysia’s capital is known for its nightlife and its amazing bars, our favourites of which give an exuberant nod to the future while celebrating the past

28 Jun 2018 - 5:02PM