What have I done? I'd deliberately planned to come to Southern China, up from Myanmar. Nearly every traveler I met, however, had little good to say about the place. I started thinking of the Indonesian islands until I met another Canadian on a long boat ride up the Irrawaddy river. He gushed about the place and went so far as to build an itinerary for me. Two weeks later I met a Chinese woman and an English guy who confirmed that Yunnan was very much worth visiting. I paid $150USD for my visa and about $500 for the ticket to Kunming.
I arrive at the hotel and note that a room is $35USD. That would get me three nights in Myanmar but I was running out of options.