Kathmandu & Beyond


Off the beaten path destinations for independent travellers


Welcome to Kathmandu & Beyond. We are full-time travellers, Mark and Kirsty Bennetts. We’re from the UK, but, for the past 9 years, home is 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.

We’ve been travelling together for more than 20 years, but this particular journey – one that has taken us to Kathmandu and many places beyond-  began in 2008. 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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Suggested Itineraries

Tried and tested routes, based on our travels. We’ll give you the framework to inspire; you add the detail and let your imagination fly.

Trekking in Nepal

All you need to know about trekking in Nepal. Our detailed guides include Marks personal accounts of his experience hiking in Nepal.

Off the Beaten Path

Join us on the road less travelled as we discover quirky and unusual things to do and see, and explore off-beat destinations.

Street Art

Street Art, graffiti and murals from around the world as spotted on our travels. Urban art is on the rise and we’re on a mission to see it all.


Finding interesting architecture, quirky buildings, war memorials, and monuments on our travels. AKA an obsession with concrete.

Break the Journey

Following the mantra of ‘Stop the bus!’ take a chance of lesser-visited places most tourists only see from outside of the bus window.

The Long Range Aviation Museum in Poltava, Ukraine

Off-the-beaten path Ukraine After another long spell in Ukraine (our fourth in three years), we are getting quite accustomed to tracking down quirky museums in a country that is full of quirky museums but the Long Range Aviation Museum in the pleasant Ukrainian city...

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Street Art in Ipoh, Malaysia

If there’s one thing that will lure me to a city, it’s the promise of exceptional street art. We had pinpointed Ipoh as a potential place to break our journey between Singapore and Hat Yai and as I researched what to see in Ipoh, street art kept coming up. And so,...

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Inside the Palace of Pioneers in Dnipro, Ukraine

And on becoming Architect Tourists … What are the Palaces of the Pioneers? Take what we commonly call a Youth Centre, supersize it and give it a Soviet makeover and voilà, you have the Palace of the Pioneers. Like the Scouts, the Pioneer movement was set up as an...

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Street art in Mitrovica, Kosovo

On our visit to Mitrovica in Kosovo street art was an unexpected surprise. However the amount and quality of street art in North Mitrovica was a dramatic contrast compared with Kosovan Mitrovica – a guide for independent travellers to Kosovo in the Balkans.

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The House of Revolution (Dom Revolucije) in Niksic, Montenegro

Urban exploration in Montenegro’s second city I must confess, creeping around abandoned buildings is not high on our list of ‘things-to-do’ at the best of times and least of all when rumours abound that the building in question is home to addicts, local gangs, stray...

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In Photos: The Roman City of Leptis Magna in Libya

Every now and then I look through some of our old photos and consider if I can do anything with them in order to make them presentable and worthy of a post on our blog. I have visited Libya twice, both times were during the reign/dictatorship of Colonel Gaddafi and...

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Street Art in Kiev: A Self-Guided Walking Tour

A self-guided walking tour of murals and street art in Kiev, an open-air art gallery. Street art in Kiev is big and bold and in your face. Of all the cities in which we’ve seen street art, I don’t think many any compare with Kiev in terms of the scale and volume of...

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Penang’s Secret Weapon: Eating & Drinking in Malaysia

And where to get the cheapest alcohol in George Town... George Town, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang, is one of the coolest cities in Southeast Asia. At its heart, around Little India and Chinatown and along the waterfront, this UNESCO World Heritage...

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Popular Features

Photo Essays

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


  We like unusual festivals. You can read about some of our favourite world celebrations here.

Back in the Day

Mark, in particular, does like to reminisce with travel stories from the “good old days”.

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