Join us on the road less travelled as we discover quirky and unusual things to do and see, and explore off-beat destinations.
Welcome to Kathmandu & Beyond. We are full-time travellers, Mark and Kirsty Bennetts. We’re from the UK, but, for the past 11+ years, home is wherever we lay our backpacks! We’ve each travelled to over 100 countries and our travel blog documents our travels in words and photographs. These days, we enjoy following the road less travelled and exploring lesser-visited places with an emphasis on quirky sights, architecture and monuments, abandoned places, and street art.
Through our travel blog, we aim to share our experiences and inspire you to travel to off the beaten path destinations, and seek out unconventional things to see and do in better-known places.
Travelling has always been our passion – for work and for fun – 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, many places beyond) began in 2008. You can find out more about us here.
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.
Post featuring abandoned places, derelict buildings and decaying structures. Urban exploration (URBEX) on our travels.
Finding interesting architecture, quirky buildings, war memorials, and monuments on our travels. AKA an obsession with concrete.
Tried and tested routes, based on our travels. We give you the framework to inspire; you add the detail and let your imagination fly.
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.
Trekking in Nepal
All you need to know about trekking in Nepal. Detailed guides based on Marks personal experience of hiking in Nepal.
Saigon Bird Cafe is found at Cong Doan Cafe, opposite Tao Dan Park – a place where locals show off their prized birds, socialise and drink coffee.
What to expect backpacking in Tunisia. A guide to visiting Tunisia as an independent traveller – budget travel tips on transport, accommodation and food.
There are plenty of good reasons to visit Cambodia aside from Angkor Wat temple. A guide to the best places to visit in Cambodia beyond Siem Reap.
Exploring an abandoned former Medical Centre in Sukhumi, Abkhazia. Get off the beaten path in the Caucasus where the urbexing options are endless.
A look back on one of our early trips to Myanmar when we visited the temples at Mrauk-U and the tattooed Chin women Every now and then I like to write a blog post about my travelling days when I was in my early to mid-teens, which was around twenty-five years ago! If...
For some of the best street art in Dubai, visit to Al Karama where Street 18B has been transformed by murals and graffiti into a huge open-air art gallery.