Ira De Ritis

Bahaya Legend

with Ira De Ritis
  • Where:Ha Long Bay

  • Why:Stop six on our Southeast Asian tour - a junk boat sail through one of the new natural wonders of the world.

  • When:October 2014

  • Who:Myself, my love (a.k.a resident squid fisherman) + our captain, butler, chef and sailing crew.

Highs & Lows

  • The memories: this is truly an unforgettable experience.

  • Privacy – a junk boat for two!

  • The service – our butler Tien took care of everything!

  • The scenery: Ha Long Bay, what more can I say.

  • The food: fresh fish from the floating village.

  • Just remember you’re off the grid. Dietary requests should be planned in advance. Wine selection is ok, but if you have specific tastes pack your own. The crew will serve on request. And don’t forget any essentials!

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 45/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Junk boat charter (the term "junk boat" formerly applied to traditional Chinese fishing boats... now it refers to any motorized pleasure vessels).

  • Vibe

    Gilligan’s Island gone luxe.

  • Location

    165 km from Hanoi of the north coast of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay sits on the Gulf of Tokin. Departing from Ha Long Bay’s port, the journey takes you deep through the Unesco World Heritage site made of 3000 islands and rocky limestone outcrops.

  • Rooms

    Three, but you charter the whole boat.

  • Music

    As you please. An iPod with various playlists is available on deck – request the ‘lunch’ mix, or bring your own.

  • Year Opened

    The first vessel set sail in 2007.

  • Designed By

    A collaboration between 80-year old Master ship builder, Nguyen Van Hoa and French Architect Antoine Bertrand, The Bahaya’s design was inspired by the fleet of Vietnamese Emperor Khai Dinh.

  • Pool/Gym


  • Restaurant

    Yes. The private charter includes a personal chef. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on deck, or below in the cozy dining area. Lunch and dinner are both four courses, breakfast is western or local style.

  • Bar

    Not in the traditional sense, but an amazing personal butler keeps bubbles flowing!

  • Minibar

    No mini bar, cabins are stocked with water and coffee.

  • Wifi

    No and no cell service either.

  • Children

    Sure… but maybe not the little ones.

  • Price

    Pretty great…given the charter includes all meals and activities, plus a dedicated crew of 4. The price depends on season, and since you pay for the vessel, bring some friends.

Bahaya Legend

Tuần Châu, tp. Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam

And drink moonshine with the locals.

Visit Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba, Vietnam

And drink moonshine with the locals.

Flying above (and landing in) the natural wonder is a must.

Take the Sea Plane from Hanoi


Flying above (and landing in) the natural wonder is a must.

Bahaya Legend

Tuần Châu, tp. Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam

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