An excerpt from the book:
"Cambodian strolls and proverbs" by Isabelle FOURNIER-NICOLLE & Anne-Yvonne GUILLOU
“Chohl Steung T’aam Baatt, Chohl Toohk T’aam Kompong, Chohl Srok T’aam Prohtehs”.
“Travel up the river (by) following its meanders, Moor the dugout canoe to the jetty, Enter the country through its borders”…
… is in fact an invitation for visitors to the Kingdom “that one must respect local customs and adapt/adjust to them (and not the other way round)! Chol Tuk not only means “to moor” but also to “get in the dugout canoe”.
Be it while visiting temples, beachcombing or simply hanging around, you will come to interact with the People of Cambodia who are well-known for their traditional hospitality and warmth. Out of respect to the Khmer traditions, visitors to the Kingdom should take care to observe local customs and practices. You may find it useful to familiarize yourself with the following common Do’s and Don'ts before embarking on your trip to Cambodia.