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Mark Lean

Mark Lean

Mark Lean, a T+L Southeast Asia contributor for more than 12 years, is currently based in his home country Malaysia. How does a travel journalist who’d previously spent almost every weekend in different cities around Asia cope with lockdown while avoiding the cliches? No, he didn’t get a dog or a cat, though he did kinda-sorta embark on a well-trod path to mindfulness. Like most curious writers, he is learning new ways of being inventive. This includes sacrilegiously adding jackfruit slices to cendol, a dessert composed of green jelly slivers, crushed ice, brown-sugar syrup and coconut milk. He also matches workouts with energy techniques that tap into the body’s innate strength — magical stuff. But as events of the past year show, the best approaches are the unexpected ones.


Asia’s Best Awards 2022: Malaysia’s Top Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and More

From KL to Langkawi to Penang, your votes have been counted!

the best new in malaysia

Food & Drink

The Best New Openings in Malaysia of 2021

Where are the hottest new places to eat, drink, stay and spa? Check out our T+L guide.

Food & Drink

This Company is Hoping to Insert Insects into our Diets

Picture it: you’ll finish that sweaty workout with a satisfying slug of… bug juice?

sustainable bars asia

Food & Drink

Drink Green: These Are the Most Sustainable Bars in Southeast Asia

These bars reduce, reuse and recycle, plus replant the rainforest on the path to delicious drinks. Here are a few lessons in eco-mixology, complete with climate-conscious cocktail recipes.


T+L Hometown Hit List: Malaysia

We asked our writers for their favorite places to travel domestically. Add these in Malaysia to your post-pandemic bucket lists

Hotels & Resorts

6 Great Staycations in KL

Interstate travel has just resumed in Malaysia, so whether you’re heading to the capital or just across town, here are our picks of city-stay and work-from-home hotels.


From Luxury to Lockdown: How the Pandemic Pushed Healing Online and Out-of-the-Box

Our resident pan-spiritualist Mark Lean learns to pivot from a Javanese shaman at an Aman resort to the whole internet’s worth of healers.

Food & Drink

3 After Dark Gems in Kuala Lumpur

From snazzy cabaret clubs to street vendor-dessert inspired cocktails, Mark Lean trains his beer (or margarita) goggles on Kuala Lumpur’s evolving bar scene.