The following article by Marie Star, appeared in
My Magical Myanmar (Burma) magazine, March 4, 2018
An Australian adventurer and his quest to establish a Myanmar (Burma) motorbike tour.
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By Marie Starr
It all started five years ago, when Matt Reilly from Newcastle, set out on his trusty Yamaha Tenere 660XTZ touring bike to cross his home country in search of new places, somewhere unvisited to discover. “I wanted to get around Australia more and visit places people don’t go and be totally self-sufficient,” he recalled over a beer in a modern Yangon cafe with but a few minor scratches after his daring trip around the west. His passion began turning to profit as he was asked to join a motorbike tour company as a driver and mechanic for week-long tours around Queensland. He realized just how much fun and how liberating it was. The experience planted the seed in his mind to do something of his own but much further afield and in even more undiscovered locations than the Australian outback.
He zipped across Southeast Asia, starting out with Cambodia and southern Laos and adventuring over to Sri Lanka before venturing into Myanmar (Burma). Everywhere he went he planned routes – both the established circuits and the little-known – and tested them on his own hired wheels. He researched accommodation, logistics, mechanic workshops and activities. His goal all the while was to put together adventure motorbike tour packages and sell them back home. “Most people have the fear of the unknown and not being able to predict what will happen—and so do I, but I’m willing to take the chance.”