Venture Cambodia 2020

      Phnom Penh, Cambodia

      Ventures by Jodi Morris
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      15 reviews
      Feb 17 - 23, 2020
      Group size: 4 - 10
      Venture Cambodia 2020
      Phnom Penh, Cambodia

      Ventures by Jodi Morris
      • Email address verified
      15 reviews

      Feb 17 - 23, 2020
      Group size: 4 - 10

      About this trip

      Challenge and change your perspective. Between its Khmer heritage and more recent Khmer Rouge scars, Cambodia has a deep history to explore. Our seven days/six nights in Phnom Penh and Kampot will be led by dynamic young leaders in business, education and the arts more focused on creating their country's future than reliving its past. Scroll to see the sample itinerary.

      Jodi Morris leads this unique Global Leadership Trip  to connect us to the economic and cultural beat of Cambodia. We meet entrepreneurs and leaders who illustrate their country’s economic and social trajectory. Specialized experiences help us better understand culture and history. We dive into the educational landscape with Room to Read, visiting schools and meeting with teachers, mentors, and students, as well as Room to Read’s in-country staff. We do all this as a small, curious-minded community


      Cambodia's at an interesting inflection point (article), making now the perfect time to visit.

      If this is your first time visiting Cambodia, we recommend exploring pre and post-trip. Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) is easily accessible from many Southeast Asian airports. We recommend arriving in Phnom Penh 1-2 days early to explore key Cambodian tourist destinations like the National Museum of Cambodia, the Royal Palace, and the Killing Fields Museum (S-21 Prison and Choeung Ek Killing Fields), Our trip ends in Kampot, and Sihanoukville is the perfect jumping off point to ferry to Cambodia's incredible islands.

      Don't try to do too much. The weather in Cambodia is hot, and you'll inevitably be fighting jet lag. Take your time, and appreciate Cambodia's history prior to our launch into its present and future. 

      Important Trip Details

      - Ideal Participants are men, women & mature teenagers (with an adult) seeking a unique, interactive global learning experience. 

      - Group size is limited to 10 to create a community-building experience. 

      - Per Person Trip Cost for 7 days/6 nights lodging, transportation, meals and beverages, excursions and tips: $2250 (double occupancy) / $2700 (single occupancy). 

      - Additional Tax-Deductible Donation of $1000 USD (per person) to Room to Read required as part of trip registration.

      - Pre and Post-Trip Travel Planning Services can be provided by Travel Struck (Courtney Regan,, +1.415.706.5327)

      - To Learn More, contact trip leader, Jodi Morris (

      Reservation & Cancellation Policy

      To reserve your spot:

      1)  Make a $1000 USD non-refundable trip deposit. You'll receive a confirmation upon receipt of payment.

      2) Make a $1000 USD donation to Room to Read (DONATE). You'll receive a receipt from Room to Read directly.

      Full payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip.


      We understand that unforeseen circumstances can occur. For cancellations made more than 60 days prior to the trip, we will gladly reimburse you, less your non-refundable initial trip deposit.  Any cancellations made less than 60 days prior to the trip will incur the full 100% cancellation fee.  We always recommend the purchase of travel insurance, which typically covers trip cancellation fees.

      More Info (Visas, Vaccines & Insurance)


      In order to enter Cambodia, you will need a valid passport with at least two blank pages and six months validity remaining at time of entry. Most travelers will be required to obtain a single-entry tourist visa, valid for one month from the date of entry into Cambodia. Tourists can obtain the Cambodian visa at the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and at all major border crossings. To save time, we recommend applying online for a Cambodia e-visa prior to travel. The visa fee is $36 USD. Please review Cambodia's visa requirements.

      We highly encourage U.S. travelers to register with the U.S. Government Smart Traveler Enrollment Program by visiting the STEP website and to review the U.S. Department of State Cambodia Overview.

      Medical Recommendations and Immunization Information

      All trip participants should visit their doctor at least 4-6 weeks in advance of their departure date. Participants should ask their doctor for recommendations about travel medications and immunizations. For more information on immunizations either recommended or needed for travel to Cambodia, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

      Travel Insurance

      We recommend that participants purchase travel insurance, or ensure their regular insurance plans cover travel-related illnesses and injuries. Insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. All participants are requested to provide insurance information prior to travel. We strongly recommended you also obtain coverage for trip cancellation, interruption, curtailment, and for personal property. 

      International SOS offers membership to a complete network of travel assistance including travel advice, medical assistance overseas, and a global ‘911’ service including emergency medical evacuation. Sign up at least one day in advance of your trip. Membership is generally under $15 USD/day. Other recommended providers include World Nomads, Redpoint Resolutions and AIG Travel Guard®.

      What’s included

      • Hotels
        Six nights total, including the Palace Gate Hotel in Phnom Penh (four nights) and Villa Vedici in Kampot (two nights)
      • Meals
        Breakfast, lunch and dinner most full days, with dinner-only on the first day and breakfast-only on the final day. Dinners include wine, beer and other beverages. Water to be provided throughout.
      • Transportation
        Airport pick-up from Phnom Penh, inter-city group travel and transport from Phnom Penh to Kampot included. NOT INCLUDED: Personal transportation from hotel on final day in Kampot.
      • Entrance Fees & Tours
        Entrance fees, tours and tips included.

      What’s not included

      • International Airfare
      • Passport & Visa Fees
      • Post-Trip Transfer
        Trip officially ends in Kampot. Transport to Sihanoukville airport, Phnom Penh or next travel destination to be coordinated by participant.
      • Room to Read Donation
        A donation of $1000 USD (per person) to Room to Read required as part of trip registration.

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy

      Double occupancy will typically include 2 beds, unless one is preferred.

      Deposit: $1,000
      Single Occupancy

      Single occupancy will typically include one bed.

      Deposit: $1,000


      Monday, February 17
      Meet & Kick-Off Dinner

      Palace Gate Hotel, a new boutique hotel which opened in 2017, will serve as our luxurious yet convenient base for our time in Phnom Penh. Housed in a restored French colonial villa adjacent to the Royal Palace, the hotel offers views of the Tonle Sap River and is conveniently situated in the heart of Cambodia’s lively capital city.

      Settle in during the afternoon, and meet fellow trip participants over a sunset drink at 5:00pm at the Hotel’s Sky Bar, overlooking the Royal Palace. 

      We’ll transport via Grab (Uber of SE Asia) to our welcome dinner at Farm to Table, an outdoor restaurant in the city's nearby BKK1 district.  The restaurant prides itself as a community builder, highlighting healthy dishes and locally-sourced and sustainably-produced ingredients.

      Your Organizer

      Ventures by Jodi Morris
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      Let’s venture beyond standard tourism. When you connect to others’ stories, you begin to think differently about your own. I’m Jodi Morris. I’m a venture guide to high-achieving seekers. My passion is connecting people and ideas so that we maximize our impact. I'm a success coach and curator of global ventures—small group travels designed for the curious and impact-minded to awaken our thinking. The people I’ve met through global travels have changed my life. I love seeing the same for others. Let's Venture!


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