I went into the Phuket Land Transport office this morning to apply for a new motorbike and car license. I was there before 9am and it wasn't very busy. There were only a couple of people ahead of me in the queue. I had all the required documentation, ID's, application form etc, including an IDP and Australian full license, they both cover cars and bikes. I was dressed respectfully.
After my documentation was checked I was given an appointment slip for mid November. I thought that it was simply going to be a matter of doing a few quick tests like a reaction and eye test