Kathmandu & Beyond

A JOURNEY WHICH BEGAN IN NEPAL AND SPANS THE GLOBE DESTINATIONSABOUT US

Welcome to Kathmandu & Beyond. We are full-time travellers, Mark and Kirsty Bennetts. We’re from the UK but now live 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 8 years ago and shows no sign of ending. You can read more about us here, sign up for our newsletter below, follow us in real time via social media and search our site for destinations or topics.

Latest Posts

Visiting Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard

Urban Exploration and Abandoned Aircraft at Bangkok’s airplane graveyard: one of the Big Mango’s most unique attractions What is the Airplane Graveyard? Named after King Ram Khamhaeng, the 13th-century ruler of ancient Sukhothai (the forerunner to modern day...

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Being Surprised by Batumi in Georgia

Discovering Batumi: Georgia’s second city and foremost Black Sea resort Georgia’s second city and go-to place for a bit of sun and R&R took us by surprise when we arrived after a two-month trip from one side of Turkey to the other. Batumi is only 37km north of...

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Communist-era architecture in Sofia, Bulgaria

aka architecture built during the period when the communists were in charge of Bulgaria I got completely lambasted by the guy in the Tourist Information Centre in Sofia. Within the very early stages of our (eventually) long conversation, he was telling me that Sofia...

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Staying at Peak Lenin Base Camp in Kyrgyzstan

We were following a barely discernible track traversing the grazing pastures which are home to nomadic Kyrgyz families and known locally as the jailoo, the rain beating down on our 4WD and the mist lying heavy on the endless horizon. Our destination was Peak Lenin...

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Electric Utility Box Art | Street Art in Sofia, Bulgaria

Whilst exploring Sofia recently, with our usual eye out for street art, we noticed a couple of those electricity boxes; the kind you don't usually notice. I don’t know what the correct name for them is - Electricity transformer boxes or kiosks? Circuit boxes? Junction...

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Double Take: From Cambodia to Shoreditch, London

They say everybody has a double somewhere out there… I got within a cat’s whisker of creeping up and surprising a guy at Chengdu airport many years ago because I thought he was my father and I actually met my double in Cambodia earlier this year - he even (almost) had...

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Communist-era architecture in Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Moldova, will not win any prizes for architectural attractiveness, but this is hardly surprising, given the city’s recent history. A huge earthquake, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, devastated the city in...

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THIS IS ENGLAND – 11.11.16

Although Kirsty and I spend the majority of our time overseas, I'm still a patriotic person. I was born in England. It's the place I've spent the majority of my life and it's where most of my family and friends still reside. I support the national football team...

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Travelling in Central Asia – Questions & Answers

Central Asia FAQs for Backpackers and Independent Travellers to Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan  Recently a friend (and loyal reader of our website) asked us some questions about our recent travels to Central Asia (during the summer of 2016). They were good...

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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!

Festivals

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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