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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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

Phnom Penh’s Distinctive Architecture

Discovering Phnom Penh’s Architectural Heritage from Colonial Buildings to New Khmer Architecture I’m going to begin by saying that we cannot take any credit for the contents of the walking tour of Phnom Penh which I am about to showcase. During our recent extended... read more

Travel Shot | Ushguli Village in Upper Svaneti, Georgia

Landlocked, in the heart of the ancient Georgian province of Svaneti, Ushguli is one of the most stunning villages we have ever laid eyes on. The photo doesn’t do the setting justice, but with more than twenty defensive stone towers dotting the landscape and... read more

Twelve Forts and Castles from Around the World

A photo essay featuring twelve forts, castles and palaces that we have explored on our travels There are forts and castles of some description in many countries the world over. We are never going to see them all but when we know there is either a castle or fort nearby... read more

Travel Shot | Geghard Monastery, Armenia

Today’s photo of the day comes from Armenia. There are some good day trips out of the capital, Yerevan, including one to the stunning Geghard Monastery, 40km to the east. Even if you have had your fill of churches and monasteries, we urge you to make the effort... read more

Socialist-era architecture in the Caucasus

Tracking down the last of the remaining Stalinist-style buildings and monuments left in Armenia, Georgia and Nagorno-Karabakh Since our first visit to Eastern Europe in the Spring and Summer of 2014 I have become mildly obsessed with trying to find Socialist era... read more

Travel Shot | The Pyramid of Tirana, Albania

The Pyramid of Tirana, in Albania’s capital, is one of the city’s more unusual ‘tourist attractions’.  Formerly known as the Enver Hoxha Museum, the building was designed by the dictator’s daughter and son-in-law and completed in the late 1980s. It’s been a... 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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