Sept 28, Colombo: A report that gauges the countries that offer the most in return for tourists' holiday cash has rated Sri Lanka as an expensive destination for tourists.
According to the latest Post Office Travel Money Long Haul Report Indonesian island of Bali has toppled Sri Lanka from the top spot as the 'best value' long-haul travel option in a new list of popular holiday destinations, Daily Mail reported.
Sri Lanka has slipped to the fifth place behind South Africa, Vietnam and Thailand and the decline is attributed to a 45 percent price rise in costs at Sri Lankan resorts.
Resort costs have fallen in half of long haul destinations - in most cases because of the improving performance of the pound, Daily Mail said.
According to the Daily Mail, the Post Office report found that prices in Bali for 2013 fell by one percent to give the Indonesian island a clear lead over second placed South Africa, while resort prices in Sri Lanka had risen for the second year running.
The Post Office report calculated the cost of ten tourist staples in the capital Colombo including items such as sun cream, insect repellant and a three-course meal for two with wine to come to a total of £54.45.
Although the average price of a cup of coffee, at 26 pence, was the cheapest across the board, Sri Lanka displayed the biggest cost rise in any of the destinations surveyed, with prices for all ten commodities 24 per cent higher than in Bali (£43.91), the outright winner.
Vietnam and Thailand took third and fourth place, the Daily Mail reported.