I refer you to my original comment
My point is Isaan cities are not different from most of Thailand in any major aspect so to experience "authenticity" you just have to stray a mile or two from the shiny lights of the tourist areas.
A month of Songkran, . Methinks this has not been thought through, while it might be fun for a day or two I suspect it would become tiresome if it were every day of the average families 2 week break in Thailand. Do I not recall that the road death tolls rise dramatically during Songkran, is this a plot by the government to reduce the population?
Perspective. It's all about perspective. Perception is reality. Never forget that. Not to say that everyone's perception is an accurate reflection of true reality. But it is of their own.
It's also true to say that you live in your own walled off and heavily fortified world. Nothing gets through unless it passes the rigorous inspection of your beliefs, and conforms. Beliefs oftentimes mistaken as facts. That applies to not only you, oldschooler, but everyone. So don't feel as if I'm singling you out.