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.
A photo essay featuring twelve more forts, castles and palaces that we have explored on our travels As a continuation of our first Forts and Castles article, here are some more fortresses that we have discovered on our travels. Gjirokastra Castle (Albania)...read more
Tucked behind Reunification Palace, Tao Dan Park is a little green oasis bang in the heart of downtown Saigon. If you head there in the morning – the earlier the better but no later than 9am – you will see Vietnamese men of all ages (but predominantly...read more
Cambodian jungle bikes: the mechanical work-horses of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri provinces Located in Cambodia’s far flung eastern reaches, close to the border with Vietnam, the provinces of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri see few tourists, yet both regions are bursting with...read more
Our suggestions of what to do in Minsk, based on our recent visit to the capital city of the Republic of Belarus Totally flattened during WWII and rebuilt to showcase the architectural style of the Stalin Empire, Minsk is a surprisingly attractive city with plenty of...read more
We were back in the UK recently and while rummaging through one of our numerous boxes of stuff that my parents allow us to keep in storage at their house, I came across a batch of postcards that I wrote over twenty years ago. My father collected all the postcards and...read more
Haunting photographs from our visit to the abandoned town of Pripyat in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone …. Thirty years on Most people of a certain age have heard of the Chernobyl Disaster, often referred to simply as ‘Chernobyl’, the name of the...read more
AutoMotoVeloPhotoTeleRadio – it’s not a tongue-twister, it’s a museum! Are you a fan of Soviet-era memorabilia or do you have a fondness for ‘80s artefacts? Do you love eastern European classic cars? Or perhaps you like to hunt out the quirkiest...read more
Trekking to Everest Base Camp: the Ultimate Experience? The Everest region is by far the biggest trekking draw in Nepal and the classic route to Everest Base Camp is always going to be top of the agenda for many trekkers visiting the country. In the high season...read more
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