Welcome to Kathmandu & Beyond. We are full-time travellers, Mark and Kirsty Bennetts, from the UK but now living wherever we lay our backpacks!

We’ve travelled to over 100 countries between us and this website documents our travels in words and photographs. Travelling has always been our passion – for work and for pleasure and now it is our lifestyle.

This particular journey, one that has taken us to Kathmandu and beyond, began over 7 years ago and shows no sign of ending. You can read more about us here, sign up for our newsletter, follow us in real time via social media and search our site for destinations or topics.

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Preah Vihear: Cambodia’s contentious Angkorian ruins

Preah Vihear Temple: A brief guide on why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is so controversial, how to get to Preah Vihear and is it safe to visit? Situated atop a 525m high plateau in the Dangrek Mountains, Preah Vihear is one of the most dramatically located... read more

Trekking in Nepal: Upper Mustang trek

Trekking in the remote Kingdom of Mustang: Upper Mustang trek Once you have trekked in Upper Mustang it is easy to see why it is hailed as ‘The last forbidden Kingdom’. The scenery along the entire route is simply stunning and the high cost of the permit ensures that... read more

An Introduction to Trekking in Nepal

An introductory guide to help you prepare for your first trek in Nepal. In this article we aim to cover many of the frequently asked questions that travellers have when they are planning a trek to the Nepalese Himalaya. When is the Best Time of Year to Trek in Nepal?... read more

Travel Shot | The Golden Temple in Amritsar

Unless you are heading up to or coming down from Kashmir, or planning to cross the border into Pakistan (a big no, no at the moment), Amritsar doesn’t really sit naturally on a journey through northern India. Make the effort to get there, however, and you will be... read more

Travel Shot | The Ancient Walled Town of Pingyao | China

For a slice of classic China look no further than the ancient walled town of Pingyao, possibly the best-preserved in the country. We know the secret is out but with its multitude of alleyways, impressive watchtowers, and imposing city walls, the UNESCO World Heritage... read more

Llamas & Lenin at Grutas Park in Lithuania

A Mini-Guide to Visiting Grutas Park in Lithuania We joked that it was my birthday treat but truthfully it was Mark’s interest in abandoned Communist-era statues and memorabilia that took us to Grutas Park that day. That’s not to say I wasn’t willing... read more

Travel Shot | Ali and Nino in Batumi | Georgia

We didn’t have high expectations of Batumi and weren’t expecting too much of Georgia’s summer holiday hotspot and riviera of the Caucasus, on the Black Sea coast. However, it exceeded our expectations. I’ve got the Batumi on my list of places to write more about... read more

Travel Tips for Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Advice for travellers visiting the Phuket Vegetarian Festival Also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is, without a doubt, one of the most bizarre festivals we have ever attended. Our previous post covered what you will see at the... read more

The Incredible Hill of Crosses near Šiauliai in Lithuania

The Hill of Crosses is a place of national pilgrimage for Lithuanians. Located about 12km north of the city of Šiauliai, the reason why people started leaving crosses on this small hill is not known but it is believed that the practice dates back to the November... read more

Popular Features

Street Art

Street Art from around the world as spotted on our travels. Yes, it’s bit of an obsession for Kirsty!

Off the Beaten Path

Sometimes you just need to say “Stop the bus!” Join us on the road less travelled.

Back in the Day

Mark, in particular, does like to reminisce about the “good old days”.

Europe Guides

Highlights from our European travels. What to see and do if you have a few days in …

Photo Essays

You may have noticed that we like taking pictures. These posts feature a lot!


We like unusual festivals. You can read about some of our favourites.

Kathmandu & Beyond Photography

You may have noticed we love photography and include a lot of images in our posts. However this is the page to head to if you want to see our best images all in one place! You can browse destinations to pinpoint the countries you are interested in.

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