Welcome to Kathmandu & Beyond. We are full-time travellers, Mark and Kirsty Bennetts. We’re from the UK, but, for the past 8 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 below, follow us in real time via social media and search our site for destinations or topics.
One thing that made Tangier's medina stand out from all the other labyrinthine old towns in Morocco was its highly colourful street art. Whilst we'd seen a few murals here and there in other towns, nowhere else (with the possible exception of Asilah) did we see such a...read more
Five great places in Central and Northern Thailand that are ideal stopovers en route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai Travelling directly between the capital and Thailand’s fourth-largest city is easy. Buses depart throughout the day and night from Bangkok’s Mo Chit bus...read more
Where to break the journey between Prizren and Pristina How many regions make up the former Yugoslavia? It’s a good pub quiz question, don’t you think, but I’m never quite sure of the correct answer. Depending on how the question is worded (notice I used the word...read more
Visiting the leather tanneries was one of my main reasons for wanting to go to Fez in Morocco. But, I'd gone right off the idea by the time I'd read other travellers' experiences on websites such as TripAdvisor. Chouara (Chaouwara) Leather Tanneries in Fez...read more
Once again, it’s been a while since our last update. This one is a long one (that’s what happens when Mark suggests he writes a few words) and so we’ve decided to put it up as a post in addition to sending out a condensed version by email. It feels like we've spent...read more
And why we are thinking about buying a Lada... Hello, I’m Mark and I’m an Ladaholic. I’ve decided I am officially obsessed with photographing Ladas and other retro-style cars that date back to the Soviet-era. Ukraine is one of the best places to see them in their...read more
Three Generations Monument: A worthwhile half-day excursion from the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv Where is Perushtitsa? The small town of Perushtitsa, approximately 23km south-west of Plovdiv in south-central Bulgaria, is well known in Bulgarian history for its...read more
Edirne in Turkey and Plovdiv in Bulgaria: Two excellent places to stop en route between Istanbul and Sofia Beyoglu, Istanbul If you are travelling between Turkey’s greatest city and the Bulgarian capital and don’t fancy either an 18-hour bus journey or the sometimes...read more
And Malta's alternative Azure Window! Timing is everything they say. The day before we left the main island of Malta to spend a week on its little sister, Gozo, we heard the news that the Azure Window had fallen into a watery grave. The Azure Window, Tieqa tad-Dwejra...read more
Since returning from our 2016 trip around Central Asia, a few people have asked us for accommodation recommendations, and so here is a round-up of the hostels, homestays and guesthouses we stayed in during our travels through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, together with our recommendations.read more
Our guide for independent travellers to Lake Issyk-Kul Surrounded by dramatic mountains, including the UNESCO-listed Tian Shan Mountain Range, Lake Issyk-Kul is located in eastern Kyrgyzstan, close to the border with Kazakhstan. Being easily accessible from the...read more
The medieval town in Central Ukraine that’s missing only one thing - tourists… I don’t believe in sticking up a load of photos, accompanied by the minimum of text and telling the reader that they must go to such and such a place simply because it’s awesome and I’m...read more