BTS is Bangkok elevated rapid transit system, which is known as Skytrain. With BTS, you can go to the major areas in Bangkok without facing traffic jams. Currently BTS has 2 main lines: Sukhumvit line and Silom line.
Ratchathewi is a BTS station on Sukhumvit line that is located on Phaya Thai Road, near Ratchathewi Intersection, Ratchathewi District.
Here is the map for the area around Ratchathewi BTS Station. I have got this map from BTS official website. The area map for the other BTS stations can be found here. To enlarge, click at the map.
What to see around BTS Ratchathewi Station
Let’s look at the map.
From the map, you will see that around the station there are no big shopping malls, and historical sites. Several hotels can be found in this area.
You will see ‘Coco Walk’ which is located adjacent to the station. This place offers pubs, bars, and restaurants with live music. It is not the most popular place to go at night in Bangkok, but it is very easy access.
And if you get off from the station, take exit 2, and walk on Phetchaburi Road for 10-15 minutes, you will see Pantip Plaza, an IT Shopping mall where you can buy IT hardware and software including gadgets. If your computer is broken, you can get it fix here too.
Then, if you walk further on the main road, you are entering one of the biggest wholesale fashion clothing zones in Bangkok. The most famous mall in this area is The Platinum Fashion Mall, an indoor shopping mall where you can buy fashion clothes, shoes, handbags, and accessories at a cheap price. Even if it is a wholesale mall, you can buy only one or two items at a time; you will not get a wholesale price, but it is still cheap.
Opposite to The Platinum Fashion Mall, it is a famous outdoor market named Pratunam Market. This market is the place where many sellers come to buy goods in order to resell it. The time to get the best price is early morning.
Hope this information helps. Enjoy traveling Bangkok!