Sri Lanka was the cheapest destination to visit in 2012, according the Post Office's annual Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer study.
Sri Lanka joined Spain and the Czech Republic in the top three cheapest places to visit, with Thailand coming in at number four. The placings were calculated based on the cost of a 'shopping basket' of goods and services, including a can of Coke, a bottle of mineral water, 20 Marlboro Light cigarettes, a three course meal for two and a bottle of local beer.
The study also revealed the best places for smokers to visit to stock up on cheap cigarettes, and the Gambia came out top for budget branded tobacco products, at just 69p for a packet of Marlboro Lights. Vietnam came in a close second at 70p per pack, and Dubai was also very cheap for cigarettes. However, the high price of local beer in Dubai affected the destination's standing overall.
For lovers of fine dining, Sri Lanka and Thailand were great value destinations, with the price of three course meal coming in at just £18.12 and £34.97 respectively. Cape Town, South Africa, was also said to be a great option for a cheap steak and top quality bottle of local wine, coming in at just £30.20.
Tourism in Sri Lanka has seen a significant boost in recent years, with the country capitalising on the appeal of its fine beaches, rich history, dramatic scenery and well-developed spa industry, as well as the great value it offers.
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