Reserved a private car from Kunming to Dali (RMB 300 per person, car can seat 4). It takes 3.5 to 4 hours to take a ride from Kunming to Dali by car. If you take a night train, it will take 7 to 8 hours.
Stayed at MCA youth hostel, a Tibetan-owned popular youth hostel near old town. (RMB 80/night)
Visited Cangshan (苍山) and the Three Towers (大理三塔)
Arranged a private mini-van (6 people) at youth hostel (RMB 80/day)
Spent time walking around the Old Town
Relaxed in Old Town and took another private car back to Kunming